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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.





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

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...
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...
phoneNumber Engaged This is a piece from the quintet-days. At the time, the combination guitar/tenor/soprano intrigued me. In this case, it's the soprano saxophone with the guitar again having the lead....
dahliaLe Sourire de Mireille I wrote this piece a very long time ago for a friend of a friend who had this wonderful sad small after a personal tragedy. The setting is very simple so she would be able to play it,...
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...

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...
Fame Single Cover ArtFame - Irene Cara This is a lead sheet for the Irene Cara song "Fame," with very few additions or alterations. The modulation towards the guitar solo has been removed. This is part of the MuziekAtelier...
RentposteraSeizoenen van Liefde - Rent This is a song from the musical "Rent," obviously in Dutch translation. There are slight changes as compared to the original. This was used in one of the "Muziekatelier" projects.
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.

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...

Random Content - Transcriptions

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...
Chet BakerChet Baker - It Could Happen to You This is one of the best chat solos I know, perhaps just because of its simplicity. The melody is so well thought-out and flowing it could be a written theme in itself. It is also a...
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...
kobSo What (Intro) There are tons of transcriptions of "So What," the Miles Davis composition, and especially of the original 1958 recording. I've never seen the rubato intro transcribed, though, so here...
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...