programmnote: Dutch - English Music Sample (Trance Position)
In 1990, I was asked by Jan Zekveld to compose an orchestral work for the VARA-Matinee, a Saturday afternoon-concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. This resulted in Trance Formations , which was premiered in September '91 by the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Duffalo. While working on this piece, I felt that I had much more material and ideas and thoughts on orchestral music in mind, than I was able to utilize within the framework of this work. From this desire originated the idea for a larger, four-movement orchestral piece, of about 50 minutes long, on which I continued to work with intervals until the winter of '97. Trance Position and Trance Dance both received their first performances at the Nederlandse Muziekdagen, in1994 and '96, by the Radio Symfonie Orkest, conducted by Jacques van Steen. Trance Figuration , which actually serves as the third movement, was composed last and was premiered by the Residentie Orkest, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, in February '98.