The Race Day - an overture for orchestra (2002)

Commissioned by and written for the VU Kamerorkest on the occasion of its tenth anniversary in 2002.
Première: Groate Kerk, St.Jacobiparochie (Friesland, NL) on 3 November 2002. Conducted by Daan Admiraal.
Duration approx. 5'30".

When I first saw the wonderful painting by Jack Yeats, 'Galway races', I was immediately caught by it. Later, in 2002, when I was in Ireland spending my summer holidays, I was lucky to be able to go the Sligo horse races. I pictured some impressions of this event in this short and rather light-hearted composition.


  • 2 Flutes (2nd also piccolo)
  • 2 Oboes
  • 2 Clarinets (2nd also bass-clarinet)
  • 2 Bassoons
  • 2 Horns in F
  • 1 Trombone


  • Percussion (one player)
  •    piatti
  •    piatto sospeso
  •    snare drum
  •    tambourine


  • Violins 1
  • Violins 2
  • Violas
  • Violoncellos
  • Double Basses


  Currently working on a work for      saxophone quartet, requested by      the Bron Saxophone Quartet.

  My latest work is "Ritual text      for the afterlife"  for women's          choir and tubular bells.
     Ancient Greek goldplates with      texts - recently  found in graves -      that were carried by the dead on      their journey to afterlife.

  In progress is a work of a much     bigger scale: Blodeuwedd,  a     dance poem for narrator,      singer/reciter, dancer and      ensemble. The poem is by the      Welsh poet Tony Conran.

  Another recent work (2016) is
     O me! O life!
(Walt Whitman) for      choir and string quintet.

  My Guitar sonata (1982) is      now being published by
     Editiones Eudora (Madrid),

  Draaf, Foekje. Draaf!

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