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The Big Questions

Iris and the other players, Keiko, Gabi, Jolien and Raf,  returned safely from their jaunt to Japan, where they performed at the Hamamatsu Music festival some pieces by me. I stayed at home, for these are times which more invite to ponder the big questions of (artistic) life: outside there’s less light and more darkness…

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Busy, always busy…

Dear friends. Three pieces have been presented last week. Gabi Sultana played the 6th sonata in Valletta, the capital of Malta. Apparently, the sonata, which dates already from 2006, went very well. She played the revised version. I cut a big chunk from the first movement. Back then, while composing it, I was very satisfied…

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A little more quiet please

Last Monday, 26 September, the first rehearsal week of ‘Chut!’ and ‘Paternel’ started. Raf De Keninck who takes over the baton for the official premiere of these pieces, the stage director Machteld Timmermans, the piano repetitor Iris De Blaere, the narrator/actress Aylin, the three singers, Laurence Servaes, Annelies Van Hijfte and Inês Madeira, all were…

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Today there was the first rehearsal with the actress Aylin Yay who will be the narrator in the upcoming joint Hardscore/De Bijloke production, featuring ‘Chut!’ (a world premiere!) and ‘Paternel’. I already conducted ‘Paternel’ in 2013, but this time I invited Raf de Keninck to conduct both pieces. I prefer leaving conducting to the professionals…

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Out on a limp (with Rosa)

It’s a rather strange feeling having finished a new work and immediately feel that the result, albeit not bad in itself, is not exactly what one has envisioned. at the onset of composition. It’s the first work composed in what inevitably is the last part of my (creative) life: my educational activities will cease once…

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Cog sure again :-)

Slowly, very very slowly it seems to me that the cogs in my brain are engaging again. ‘Geared devices can change the speed, torque, and direction of a power source’ I read in wikipedia. I truly won’t compare myself with a ‘power source’, though a change in speed, torque and most of all direction, these…

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Different from habit

Dear friends. Two National Days, two concerts with pieces of mine… 2016 definitely is year unlike former ones 🙂 11 July. Flanders feasts. Liang-yu Wang played in France, and thus unrelated to the festivities in my country. It was an incredibly daring concert, featuring two sonatas. The 13th and the 19th. The latter got its…

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Liang-yu in Paris!

  Dear friends. I’ll be very short this time. Hereunder you’ll find a link which says it all. I can only express my greatest gratitude towards Liang-yu.Playing two sonatas by me in a row (the second one will be a world premiere!) is definitely a feat of Olympian proportions!!!! Maybe some of you might be…

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First big entrances for the latest masters.

Sunday 26 June 2016 was a very special day for me. My two last master student composition presented their scores. Both may be feel very proud. A large crowd witnessed the birth of their scores. Mirek Coutigny got the greatest distinction for his large scale work ‘Station Eleven’ based on the eponymous novel by Emily…

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Post school posting

The last two weeks I have remained silent. And I will remain silent about some occurrences. Our son Yann is getting better which is crucial. Though we’re learning the hard way that the consequences of a fire are far-reaching. To say the least. We can only hope that time will heal everything. Knowing all too…

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Post Cage or cagey post?

“I have nothing to say, and I’m saying it.” is one of these memorable quotes by Cage, which traced new neural paths for our perception of art. Months ago I promised myself to reach out a bit more to those who have been willing to listen to the pieces I’ve been concocting for about 40…

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Rebirthday

On May 20th my wife, Iris De Blaere 70. We both barely can believe it. Here on our planet time is still governed by Newton’s laws. One can’t turn back the clock like Christopher Reeve did in this onetime Superman movie we watched together in the cinema. We don’t know anymore what drove us to…

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