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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.





Er Is Een Land
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Mensch, Durf te Leven
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La Luce (Solo Piano)
La Luce (Solo Piano). 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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Libertango Apasionado
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Bill Evans - On a Clear Day
Bill Evans - On a Clear Day. Read more..
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And on the Seventh Day ...
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Prélude Golriz 1
Prélude Golriz 1. Read more..
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Names and Places
Names and Places. Read more..
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Holiday Song
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Strange Relationship - Prince
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Cantaloupe Island: Analysis
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Riet & RenéRanee My aunt died in January 2010, and the pieces I've written about that are all shredded; they were too sombre. Now this piece is a lot more upbeat, as it should be, because it is essentially...
beerAnd on the Seventh Day ... The title of this piece obviously refers to a Sunday, although it is a different Sunday than you might expect. At the time I wrote this, I invariably had a hangover on that day, and...
NienLa Luce "La Luce" means "The light" in Italian. For related pieces and a solo piano reduction, see the Related Articles. This is a favourite of mine, as some things went really well. The classical...
NienLa Luce (Solo Piano) La Luce, meaning "The Light" in Italian, is an almost classical piece that has to take the form of an improvisation resulting in the theme.
This is the solo piano version of this...
erwEdith The name says it all, a song for a girl. I leave the pondering about the implications of the bitter-sweet memory to you - it's more fun that way. I once had the incredible luck of...

Random Content - Arrangements

YEPiano Concerto in A, Second Movement - Mozart This is the first music for the performance "Wat je vroeger later wilde zijn" by choreographer Diede Bolsius, a reduction (with some small practical pianistic changes) of the second...
lesmisI Dreamed a Dream - Les Misérables/Boyle (Choir) This is an arrangement for entry-level choir of the song from "Les Misèrables" I made for the project ST&M, the former MuziekAtelier project. Note that there are some differences...
kinderenvoorkinderenIk Heb Zo Waanzinnig Gedroomd - Kinderen voor Kinderen This is a popular Dutch song from the eighties, Used in the MuziekAtelier projects, set in the key of G.

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...
James TaylorYou've Got a Friend - Taylor/King You've Got A Friend: a beautiful song by Carole King, made famous the same year she did the song by James Taylor. This is an arrangement which is pretty close to the original, but with...

Random Content - Transcriptions

kobWynton Kelly - Freddie Freeloader This solo hardly needs an introduction. Wynton Kelly's solo on "Freddie Freeloader," from the Kind of Blue album by the Miles Davis quintet. I transcribed all solo's on that album,...
Bill-Evans01Bill Evans - Autumn Leaves This is track 2 of the Bill Evans album "Portrait In Jazz," with the great Scott LaFaro on bass, who died soon afterwards. On the CD there is an extra track with a monaural version...
kobJohn Coltrane - So What This transcription of the John Coltrane solo on So What is part of the material needed for the "!inspiratie" ("!inspiration") project for 2013-2014. I transcribed most of this solo...
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...

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...