Album 9 (HU 4214)
What's in a name?

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Nocturne for the baby yet to be born
Song for the baby
Starting piano-lessons
Uncomplicated years with a happy whistle
Happy Whistle II
For Granny
Twenty-five years of ups and downs
Waltz San Rocco' or how to learn to walk again
Problems, solutions, problems, solutions?

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Nocturne for the baby yet to be born

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The yet to be born little baby of Inez and Michiel Vlam-Goossens. The theme for this song, e-e-c-e-a-g-e was obtained by using the letters from the names of the parents. Additionally the same notes backwards provided me with a second theme.

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Song for the baby

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Baby-son of Michiel and Inez.
The future parents made me promise to make another song at he birth of their child. However, when I learned that the baby was named OLIVIER JOHANNES WILLEM VLAM it gave me a start because, though a beautiful name, I couldn’t use the available letters e-a-e-e-a: they sounded too much like a fire-engine in action!
I decided, like I had done before in book 8 "WHAT’S IN A NAME",to make use of the rhythm of the name:
OLIVIER VLAM, OLIVIER VLAM, OLIVIER, OLIVIER JOHANNES WILLEM VLAM and to mix this cheerful boogie-like theme with elements from the song for THE BABY YET TO BE BORN. In fact he and Olivier are one and the same person.

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Starting piano-lessons

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A variation on one of Beethoven’s well-known teachers item.

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Uncomplicated years with a happy whistle


The family-whistle served as a theme for this piece.

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Happy Whistle II

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As a little joke I used this theme again in the first bars for one of my sisters.

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For Granny


Who loves the Waltz and me… With a shade of nostalgia.

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Twenty-five years of ups and downs

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For someone celebrating her jubilee while loving Chopin.

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Waltz San Rocco' or how to learn to walk again

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The story after a hip-operation in an Italian clinic named "San Rocco".

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Problems, solutions, problems, solutions?


Sometimes a peaceful solution seems glimmering….

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