For symphonic orchestraSunburst
Sunburst is a concerto in three movements for flute and trombone of a very cinematical nature, about... sunbursts. The first part, 'Those were the days', looks back to a better period, a selection of fond memories, the better and the younger days, when sunbursts were very common. The middle part is slow and dark - a period in minor, without sun, without sunbursts, perhaps a period of contemplation? The third movement starts with a long build-up of hope, stacked with smoothening lines, clouds evanishing slowly, wholes in the clouds coming close, just until the energy of the sun hits the earth, creates joyous melodies, until fire balls explode in a big warm feast.... two times!
The first violin starts with a soft but passionate melody, followed by his fellows and the complete string section. The entire orchestra leaps in and the tempo goes up while one long crescendo makes the orchestra decide to no longer stay in the same key... Optional extra grandeur with a 4-voice choir.
A group of mothers mourns over their fallen sons. They weep, they cry, they get angry at those responsable for the war, but they also pick up memories from their early motherhood. Twice an officer passes by to condole but this is salt on the wound of their souls and makes them furious.
Oh, what a beautiful place Schönbrunn is, an enormous architectural entity with an astonishing interior, beautiful gardens and an overwhelming fountain, close to Vienna and it's musical legacy and... close to Wagram, where not too long ago, in 1809, 300 000 soldiers died in 2 days in a Battle between Napoleon and his Austrian counterpart, Archduke Charles of Austria-Teschen. Schönbrunn & Wagram is a viennese impression of both places.
For big bandFlugled
After an angry full band intro, one soft flugelhorn takes over and starts flying away in a soft melody, graduately accompanied by his fellows and the orchestra, whirling in the bridge but confirming the theme. After the solos a twisted full-force coda breaks you to pieces - but still, the flugle survives!
Part I is a slow almost sacred intro piece, as raw as nature in Iceland and as explosive as it's vulcanos. Part II is up-tempo and settles, after a breath-taking intro with elaborate drum fills, into a multi-wave melody. Makes proper use of all 7 positions of the trombones.
For string quartetQuartet 1
A very classical string quartet, like a good introduction.
Sadness guides you through this more modern piece, with a forever postponed ending.