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created: 21-12-2011

update: 27-03-2012

 

Willem de Merode

Stil dorp

 

STIL DORP

De molen heft zijn armen stil
In de blauwe zonnige najaarslucht
En laat ze vallen met een zucht,
Als een moe man, tegen zijn wil.

De huizen slapen, het gordijn
Is neergelaten voor elk raam
Alleen met den blinkenden koopren naam
Speelt op de deuren de zonneschijn.

Het dorp is nooi zóó stil geweest.
En nergens zweeft een zweem van gerucht:
Een leege zaal waar 't geruisch is gevlucht
Met het sterven van 't roezelig feest.

Geen mensch durft gaan langs 't zandig pad,
Wijl 't rustend dorp dan wakker schrikt,
En verwijtend den wandelaar tegenblikt
Die treedt op takken en krakend blad.

Ik kom niet vóór den avond thuis,
Dat elk geluid als een dreigend woord
Niet roept hoe ik de stilte vermoord
Vóór 't donker is kom ik niet thuis

Uit:
Gestalten en stemmingen,
geschreven op 19 oktober 1911.
Deze dichtbundel is de eerste door
De Merode gepubliceerde bundel.

Link website De Merode

http://www.willemdemerode.nl/news.php?newsid=119

 

 

cd-58 Noorderlicht

'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
Greetje Bijma: vocal acrobat
Herwin Lokken: Trumpet
Kurt Weiss: Trumpet
Maarten Gal: Horn
Evert Josemanders: Trombone

This recording is issued as Wh N111, available at the website Windharmonium

Tracklist:

track title time clips
01 Rondvlucht [Flying over Holland] 7'29  
02 Intermezzo 1 1'55  
03 Noorderleeg: Alde Dobbe 4'23  
04 Intermezzo 2 1'45  
05 Westerbork: Barak nr. 57 6'28  
06 Intermezzo 3 2'14  
07 Uithuizermeeden: Stil Dorp 5'04  
08 Intermezzo 4 1'24  
09 Zandpol(-blues): Aardappelen, gras, maïs en bieten 7'59  

 

 

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