Album 10 (MBU 611)
More 'What's in a name?'

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Lullaby Blues
Caprice
A short piece for a long time together
'Translation", from language into music
LLM Blues
Bram's identity

These six compositions are based on the themes that were formed from the available letters in proper names. It is remarkable, however, that many Dutch names contain a majority of e's and a's which more or less create the sound of a fire engine in action!
I sometimes add the letter S which sounds like E-flat to Dutch ears.

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1. Lullaby Blues

1.7 Mb Complete

for Philip Cornelis Michiel Vlam.
Series of usable letters: c-e-es-c-e-a and in reversed order: a-e-c-es-e-c

 

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2. Caprice

 

for Juliette Henzina Caprice Vlam.
Series of usable letters: e-e-e-a-c-a-c-e-a and in reversed order: a-e-c-a-c-a-e-e-e

 

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3. A short piece for a long time together


for Elly en Hans Verstegen-Lourens
Series of usable letters: e-e-a-e-e-g-e-e and in reversed order: e-e-g-e-e-a-e-e

 

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4. 'Translation", from language into music

3.3 Mb Complete

for Cornelia Willemina Ooms-Beck
Series of usable letters: c-e-a-e-a-es-b-e-c and in reversed order: c-e-b-es-a-e-a-e-c
E-flat is replaced by D-sharp

Note: when my Dutch/ American friend translated my small biography she came across the intriguing word "harddiminished 7 chord". She asked me for an explanation and I tried. In my "thank you"- composition I concealed this chord several times, starting in the second bar, by way of a joke. The theory demands a D-sharp, but I took the liberty to change it into E-flat, which is the same key on the piano.

 

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5. LLM Blues


After publishing the Dutch "Guide for light piano music", a project of two years of intensive work by a commission of five piano teachers, a final meeting was planned
It was for this occasion that I wrote the LL(ight) M(usic) Blues.

From our proper names I created through the available letters five different motifs.

1: From Stefanie Hooij: e-f-a-e
2: From Yamilé van der Mee: a-e-a-d-e
3: From Suzanne Spanjaard: a-e-a-a-a-d
4: From Hens Vlam-Verwaaijen: e-a-e-a-a-e
5: From Frank Wiebenga: f-a-b-e-g-a

From the names of Yamilé van der Mee en Frank Wiebenga I dropped one e.

 

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6. Bram's identity

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for Bram Boelee
Series of usable letters: b-a-b-e-e-e and in reversed order: e-e-e-b-a-b

When this well-known Dutch pianist had to spend some time in hospital I thought of cheering him up by sending him a serial of, mostly, 8 music bars every other day. I also announced a different key for the following day. I deflected from the given notes twice and used the C (from his wife's name) instead.
The nurses thought he had gone mad because there he was, singing at the top of his voice….
Every part turned out to be a surprise and not just for him. When he eventually left the hospital I could give him the completed composition.

  

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