• 2018-07-08
  • Work in Progress: Symphony No. 5!


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    After 30 years, composer Johan de Meij revisits Middle-Earth, the enchanting mythological world of J.R.R. Tolkien, with his Symphony No. 5 Return to Middle Earth. Although there are some thematic reminiscences to his monumental first symphony The Lord of the Rings from 1988, De Meij is putting a completely different musical vibe into this new symphony. There is an important role for a solo soprano and a mixed choir: they sing in Ilkorin, one of the Elvish languages ​​of Middle-Earth. The Orcs and other thugs also take the stage, but they only use raw screams in their own language, also known as 'black speech'.

    The 5th symphony consists of six movements:

    I) Miri na Fëanor (Jewels of Fëanor)
    II) Tinúviel (Nightingale)
    III) Ancalagon i-môr (Ancalagon, the Black)
    IV) Arwen Undómiel (Evenstar)
    V) Dagor Delothrin (The War of Wrath)
    VI) Thuringwethil (Woman of Secret Shadow)

    The symphony was commissioned by The Middle Earth Commissioning Project, organized by the Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana (USA). The world premiere will take place November 3rd, 2018 with the composer conducting.

    If you want to support the project, please click HERE go to the crowd funding page for a donation.



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    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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    Nagoya Shimin Suisougakudan
    Conductor: Nobuhiro Nakamura
    January 20, 2019

    Iowa State University Wind Ensemble
    Conductor: Johan de Meij, Ruud Pletting & Michael Golemo, Nathan Dishman & Johan de Meij -trombone soloist
    February 01, 2019

    Iowa State University Gold Band
    Conductor: Johan de Meij
    February 02, 2019

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