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In addition to my own work, I write and direct for theatre, teach, and give workshops. You will find many original compositions and arrangements here, as well as transcriptions, articles related to music, community art and theatre, recordings and educational material. Please enjoy your stay, and feel free to share your feelings about the music by leaving a comment.

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April in Paris is a great song by Vernon Duke. For improvisers, especially the bars leading to and landing on de I and IV are fun to play. This arrangement features some adapted chords and rhythms in lead-sheet format.



This is a lead sheet for the Rollins tune "Doxy," for which there is no (good) lead sheet in The Real Book. It is an arrangement primarily written for piano, with some slight changes to the melody.



This is a solo piano arrangement of a Chick Corea piece, from the album "My Spanish Heart." It is rhythmically very advanced. If the repeat of the theme (with the salsa bass pattern) is too difficult, a repeat of the A-section, possibly an octave higher, is possible.






This is an arrangement of the classic Marvin Gaye song "What's Going On," based on a live recording by the wonderful Donny Hathaway. The part was written for a bass player, but can be used by the other instruments as well.







I have been working on several pieces for guitar and piano, and this is the first one that is ready for publishing. The title refers to a small town on Sardegna, Italy.



For quite a few years, I have worked with the commercial band Cosmopolitan DanceBand. Those times are long gone, but I have preserved the demos we made here.





Names and Places
Names and Places. Read more..
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Strange Relationship - Prince
Strange Relationship - Prince. Read more..
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Mensch, Durf te Leven
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Prélude Golriz 1
Prélude Golriz 1. Read more..
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La Luce (Solo Piano)
La Luce (Solo Piano). Read more..
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Holiday Song
Holiday Song. Read more..
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Cantaloupe Island: Analysis
Cantaloupe Island: Analysis. Read more..
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Young Element: Wat je vroeger later wilde zijn
Young Element: Wat je vroeger later wilde zijn. Read more..
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Bill Evans - On a Clear Day
Bill Evans - On a Clear Day. Read more..
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Libertango Apasionado
Libertango Apasionado. Read more..
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And on the Seventh Day ...
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Er Is Een Land
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Random Content - Compositions

Ostinato IIOstinato II The second piece in the Ostinato series is finished. This is not the second ostinato I wrote, but is the second one to be transformed from an idea to an actual piece, which is often...
NienLa Carezza An almost classical piece. I only performed this live once, as a collective improvisation resulting in the theme. The line-up was unusual: piano, guitar and snare drum. (That's right:...
birchJessika's Theme Another very old song, from the time I apparently found it necessary to write about girls and wrote everything down the way I played it, without providing a lead sheet. This is a waltz...
cheremuleCheremule I have been working on several pieces for guitar and piano, and this is the first one that is ready for publishing. The title refers to a small town on Sardegna, Italy.

waveOstinato III Another one of the Ostinato-series which has been lying around now for a long time. I decided to put it out here and be done with it. It sounds right just the way it is, just a fleeting...

Random Content - Arrangements

Ja Zuster Nee Zuster 066419Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster This is a song by the late Harry Bannink, with lyrics by the great Annie M. G. Schmidt. It is a straightforward arrangement for a group of voices with piano. This is part of the MuziekAtelier...
horizonsHorizons - Genesis This is an arrangement of Horizons for piano and guitar I wrote for a student. This is only the piano part; the guitar is exactly as on the recording.

rollins-doxyDoxy This is a lead sheet for the Rollins tune "Doxy," for which there is no (good) lead sheet in The Real Book. It is an arrangement primarily written for piano, with some slight changes...
auprivaveAu Privave An arrangement of the Charlie Parker blues, using a small gimmick of quarter note triplets to spice things up. The harmony is F-blues, so the players are free to substitute chords however...
Adele - Make You Feel My LoveMake You Feel My Love - Dylan/Adele This is a slight adaptation from a Bob Dylan song, covered by Adele. Apart from some changes to the (inversions of the) chords, I changed the bridge. In the Adele version, something...

Random Content - Transcriptions

Bill EvansBill Evans - Epilogue A transcription of the original version of this Bill Evans tune. For another version of this song from the "Everybody Digs Bill Evans" album, see the Related Articles box.
kobMiles Davis - So What Here's the great solo Davis played on the album "Kind of Blue." Every jazz musician can sing every solo on this album. Just ask them to, you will see. It is also often quoted, for instance...
breckerThe Cost of Living This is a very pretty ballad by Don Grolnick, featured on the Michael Brecker album. This is not an easy song for the Tenor, but if you play songs which are made famous by the great...
220px-BobMarley-LegendBob Marley - Waiting in Vain This is not a jazz solo, but I have used this in improvising lessons, and recently I found it again. There are many interesting techniques and notes Marley uses here, like blues scale,...
Cover - papas and mamasBuddy Shank - California Dreamin' Buddy Shank played a rare alto flute solo on the the Mamas and the Papas single "California Dreamin'." I needed it for a project, so here it is if you need it. Note that the key is...

Random Content - Articles

Cantaloupe Island: Analysis I have published a lead sheet to Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island on this site, which you can find here. In this article I will try to analyse the piece and to give some thoughts...
MozartOuvertüre Zauberflöte - Mozart This is the sheet music file for the ouvertüre to the Zauberflöte by Mozart. I worked on an analysis for this piece, and so I have this available. Nothing is changed from the original,...
sibeliusOn Sibelius and the music plug-in used on this site In this article I will look at a few perks and twists of the plug-in for sheet music I use on this site, and I will talk a bit about sound cards and synthesizers and the like. Chances...