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    • Order numbers: AM 104-010
      Hal Leonard # 4000243
      Study Score: AM 104-341
      Hal Leonard # 4000...
    • Instrumentation: wind orchestra
    • Duration: 21'
    • Grade: 4
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Dutch Masters Suite

Johan de Meij

I) Nachtwacht (The Night Watch)
– Rembrandt van Rijn

II) De liefdesbrief (The Love Letter)
– Johannes Vermeer

III) Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day)
– Jan Steen

After his VENETIAN COLLECTION from 2000, Johan de Meij again took his inspiration from a few famous paintings, this time from the Rijksmuseum in his home town of Amsterdam. All three canvasses were made around 1650, during the Dutch Golden Age, when the Dutch and Flemish art of painting flourished.

In the opening movement, the marksmen of Rembrandt’s Night Watch show up with great aplomb. Captain Banningh Cock, reflected in the solo trombone, addresses his men. Slowly but surely the procession starts to move.

The lyrical middle movement forms a strong contrast with the first. We hear lute music by the woman in Vermeer’s painting Love Letter. She quietly hums the melancholy Sorrow Come by John Dowland. She is interrupted by a knock on the door and receives a letter, handed to her by her maid … at last... a message from her dearest! The contents of the letter intoxicate her. But finally she calms down and she resumes her lute playing, which ends in a peaceful major chord.

The third movement is totally different: Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day): a festive day in the Netherlands! A prince has been born, Prince William III. The inns become crowded in celebration of this memorable event. In his painting of the same name, Jan Steen pictures a fine image of a messy, chaotic tavern from that time. And the music is just as festive. It starts in quite an orderly fashion, with a soft buzz, murmur and the tinkle of glasses. An ensemble plays a cheerful love song, while some inn visitors play cards or dice. But gradually, the alcohol starts working, and things get out of control. The dance music becomes more out of tune, various drinking songs echo at the same time, we hear singing, laughter and jabbering; bottles fall and break, a drunken peasant brags on his slide trumpet. This leads to an enormous climax, followed by the  HANGOVER: a dull mess of sound with fragments of festive music. The high spirits slowly fade; everything hurts! Not exactly a dignified closing for our Old Masters, but
fortunately, through an epilogue with thematic material from the first movement, De Meij leads us back to civilization.

Anthony Fiumara

1. Piccolo
8. Flutes 1, 2
2. Oboe 1, 2
1. English Horn (F)
2. Bassoons 1, 2
1. Eb Clarinet
6. Bb Clarinet 1
6. Bb Clarinet 2
6. Bb Clarinet 3
2. Bb Bass Clarinet
2. Eb Alto Sax 1
2. Eb Alto Sax 2
2. Bb Tenor Sax
1. Eb Baritone Sax
3. F Horn 1, 3
3. F Horn 2, 4
3. Bb Trumpet 1
3. Bb Trumpet 2
3. Bb Trumpet 3
2. Trombone 1 (C)
2. Trombone 2 (C)
2. Trombone 3 (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium B.C. (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium T.C. (Bb)
4. Basses (C)
1. Double Bass
2. Piano/Keyboard [Lute/Guitar]
1. Timpani
3. Percussion I: Large Tam tam, Gunshot, Chimes, Crotales (2 sets), Xylophone, Bells
3. Percussion II: Snare Drum, Field Drum, Suspended Cymbal, 2 Cymbals,
Tom tom, Triangle, Tambourine, Bass Drum

Additional Parts
[for European countries only]
2. Eb Horn 1, 3
2. Eb Horn 2, 4
1. Bb Trombone 1 (T.C.)
1. Bb Trombone 1 (B.C.)
1. Bb Trombone 2 (T.C.)
1. Bb Trombone 2 (B.C.)
1. Bb Trombone 3 (T.C.)
1. Bb Trombone 3 (B.C.)
2. Bb Baritone/Euph. (B.C.)
1. Eb Bass Tuba (T.C.)
1. Eb Bass Tuba (B.C.)
1. Bb Bass Tuba (T.C.)
2. Bb Bass Tuba (B.C.)