• 2016-05-14
  • Johan de Meij wins the 30th International Composition Competition -- Corciano , Italy

    New York, May 12, 2016

    Johan de Meij’s latest composition “Echoes of San Marco” is the winner of the 30th Edition of the International Composition Competition in Corciano – Italy. The Jury praised the work for its ‘highly original writing and inventive orchestrations’.

    It is the fourth time that De Meij has been awarded in this prestigious competition.  In 1995, he received the honourable mention for his Symphony No. 2 “The Big Apple”. In 1999, he took1st prize for his cello concerto “Casanova”. He was awarded 2nd prize for Symphony No. 3 “Planet Earth” in 2006.  “Echoes of San Marco” was also awarded 2nd prize; no first prize was issued this year. The honourable mention went to Spanish composer Vicente Ortiz Gimeno for his composition “Poirot”.

    The award ceremony will take place on August 21st, 2016 in Corciano.


    Program Notes

    Echoes of San Marco – Johan de Meij
    (for wind orchestra)

    Echoes of San Marcowas composed as homage to Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1554 – 1612), the renaissance maestro who was well known for his use of double wind ensembles, mirroring each other sonically in the awe-inspiring San Marco Cathedral in Venice, Italy.

    Majestic brass fanfares from two different locations in the back of the concert hall mark the opening of the work: we hear fragments from Giovanni Gabrieli’s majestic Canzon Septimi Toni a 8 from the Sacrae Symphoniae (1597), originally written for two four-part brass choirs.

    Several groups within the orchestra, such as a double-reed choir, a saxophone quartet, a horn quartet, euphonium/tuba quartet and two sets of tubular bells mimic the brass choirs, while the clarinet choir and a flute quartet prolong the echoes with mysterious cluster chords.

    New thematic material is developed out of one of the bass lines of the opening section, quoting a four-note motif C-A-D-G. The work reaches a triumphant conclusion with a grand hymn.


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  • about

    Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals.
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    Drents Vakantie Orkest
    Conductor: Sytze van der Hoek
    August 22, 2018

    BSRU Wind Ensemble
    Conductor: Sukanit Sasomsin
    August 22, 2018

    Oberwalliser Blasorchester
    Conductor: Tobias Salzgeber & Johan de Meij, Gilles Rocha euphonium soloist
    August 25, 2018

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