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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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Mensch, Durf te Leven
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Holiday Song
Holiday Song. 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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Prélude Golriz 1
Prélude Golriz 1. Read more..
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Er Is Een Land
Er Is Een Land. Read more..
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Cantaloupe Island: Analysis
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And on the Seventh Day ...
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Libertango Apasionado
Libertango Apasionado. Read more..
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La Luce (Solo Piano)
La Luce (Solo Piano). Read more..
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Strange Relationship - Prince
Strange Relationship - Prince. Read more..
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Random Content - Compositions

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...
gorrionpalomaEl Gorrion y la Paloma This here is the very first piece for ensemble I wrote. So, not too complicated (but right on the clave) with a little bit of fun in the bridge section. My penchant for parallel fourths...
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...
erwYour Sleeping Face When listening to an old recording, I found this intro to "Holiday Song" I had forgotten about. This is approximately what we played there. Since Holiday Song was written before the...
beerAnd on the Seventh Day ... (Sextet) This is an arrangement for sextet of an older tune. The guitar lead line of the original is now played on trumpet, and a baritone has been added. The fact that the guitar line is now...

Random Content - Arrangements

Astor Piazzolla Libertango FrontalLibertango Apasionado This arrangement of two pieces by Astor Piazzolla was commisioned for the opening of an art exhibition; it is set for piano and soprano saxophone. Please note that the key of "Tango...
Feminism symbolEr Is Een Land This is an arrangement of a Dutch song by Ruud Bos, with beautiful lyrics by Joke Smit. It is set for 3 to 4 female voices, with 1 or 2 male voices for the lowest part. This was made...
Cover - papas and mamasCalifornia Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas This is a simple arrangement of the well-known song by the Mamas and the Papas, in lead-sheet form, for use in the MuziekAtelier-projects. There are some slight differences in chords...
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...

Random Content - Transcriptions

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...
kobCannonball Adderley - So What A new transcription of the solo by Cannonball Adderley on So What from the 1958 Miles Davis album Kind of Blue. All these transcriptions will be used in the "!nspiration: Kind of Blue"...
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...
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...
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,...

Random Content - Articles

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...
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,...