Willem de Merode
De molen heft zijn armen stil
De huizen slapen, het gordijn
Het dorp is nooi zóó stil geweest.
Geen mensch durft gaan langs 't zandig pad,
Ik kom niet vóór den avond thuis,
Link website De Merode
'Barok - Brass & Blues'
This recording is issued by Noorderlicht a magazine promoting the three provinces in the North of the Netherlands: Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe. Each year this magazine has a thematic edition. In 2011 the topic is "music in the three northern provinces. The editorial staff of the Magazine Noorderlicht asked Klaas Hoek to compose a work showing the three local musical atmospheres in the three provinces.
Baroque: Connected to the worldfamous "Garden of Organs" organs built by Schnitger, Hinsz, Freytag, and many other historic organs all over the place. Baroque is performed on the organ by Schnitger in the 'Der AA Kerk', recently restored to glory after a furicious battle lasting more than 2 decades. In it's present state the organ is both 'pure Schnitger' but also in later added divisions a more 19th C. romantic organ.
Brass: In the 19th C. in many local communions brass bands ( in dutch also referred to as 'HaFaBra' which is short for 'Harmony, Fanfare, Brass'
Blues: Potatoes, grass, corn and beet.
This disc is in fact one composition, connected to 4 rural local communities where all styles of music mentioned before are mixed into one ongoing composition halted by short Intermezzi after each location. The composition starts with a plane trip over the whole of the Netherlands. The composition was constructed based on the idea of the expressive human voice as the connecting dots between the parts of the composition.
The four locations in short:
Noorderleeg - Alde Dobben. A godforsaken, bald, empty land area. Wind, birds, wind and clouds. Godforsaken? However, it is said that Maria would have appeared in Noorderleeg.
Westerbork - The wooden sheds that form the Camp Westerbork in WW-II, Anne Frank was there and taken to Auschwitz. Westerbork was also the prison for collaborators after the War.
Uithuizermeeden - A small village, where early 20th C. the local schoolteacher later became one of Holland's famous poets, Willem de Merode. The skyline of the village is translated into brass music.
Zandpol - Blues. In the south-east of Drenthe, where the moor fields meant hard labour and extreme poverty during the moor period 1850-1950. And again a school teacher who became a famous poet - Habakuk II (Ter Balkt)...
The musicians in this recording:
Klaas Hoek: organist, harmonium player
This recording is issued as Wh N111, available at the website Windharmonium