Music and spirituality

Spirituality as a quality criterion in art music; a personal manifesto

Despite the peak of excellence modern music has achieved, we do not hear or see today the least sign of those effects which ancient music produced, which were so infinitely desirable and useful.
 Vicenzo Galilei, father of Galileo (1533 – 1591)

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)

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Let me begin this essay with a few statements. I will then continue to elaborate on them and point out in what ways they are interrelated. Continue reading

Children of Gaza

Eduard de Boer: Children of Gaza

Song cycle for high voice and piano Poems by Michael R. Burch

Introduction and text of the poems Continue reading

Busoni’s Garden

Plea for a new concept of contemporary music

The way the general view of contemporary ‘serious’ music relates to everyday reality is awkward, to say the least. On the one hand, we are told that those more or less contemporary composers of so-called ‘serious’ music, who are considered great composers, have – as it were – taken over the torch from their illustrious predecessors from the past, on the other hand the interest in their music is most limited. According to Ed de Boer, this phenomenon is related to the current concept of contemporary art in general, a concept that, in his view, sprouts from the 19th century concept of progress. Continue reading

Wind Music

A list of compositions and arrangements for wind orchestra, fanfare orchestra and brassband with some Youtube links.

View list of Wind Music

Bubbles, the movie

Watch Bubbles, the movie

In this movie I tell the story of the composition ‘Bubbles’. A number of Dutch music experts considered this piece to be of a high compositorical quality. Essentially, though, it was child’s play…

The article … Continue reading