ROYAL MILITARY BAND (KMK)
In 1928 a staff band consisting of 28 musicians was assigned to the then recently established Grenadiers and Rifle Guards Regiment. This formed the basis of the Royal Military Bond (KMK). In the course of the years the bond gained in size and quality, winning a unique position in the Dutch musical world. His Royal Highness King Willem III awarded this achievement by granting the band the designation 'Royal' in 1876. Over the long period of it existence the duties of the band have changed more than once. The key task, however, has remained the same taking care of the ceremonies performed for the Royal Family and the Royal Netherlands Army. The Band has close lies with the Court, the army and Grenadiers and Rifle Guards Regiment in particular. This has everything to do with the fact that the band serves as it were 'under the King's eyes'. Artistically, the band has always aimed at making a high-grade musical product. Consequently, the band is a highly sought-after guest. In Dutch theatres and concert halls Being flexible, as a military bond should be, the band also performed at less exiting location.s in order to represent the army to the best of its ability. Like all the military bands, the Royal Military band is on tour almost all the time. Its outstanding musical reputation in combination with his military presentation see to it that the band receives numerous invitations both from the Netherlands and abroad. The first time that the band went abroad was far back as 1876. Since that time, the band has performed in countries allover Europe, from Norway to Italy and from England to Poland In addition, the band toured Canada in 1995. All through its history the band has close ties with The Hague. It has its own 'house' in the Frederik barracks in Scheveningen, wich accomodates the rehearsal room, an extensive musical library and the offices for management and staff. The library has an extensive collection numbering thousands of titles, including unique arrangements composed by former directors and band leaders. The Royal Military Band is a modern and flexible organisation, wich is supported by a long and rich tradition.
PIETER JANSEN: CONDUCTOR
Pieter Jansen was born in Heer (near Maastricht) in 1956. He studied the piano at the Maastricht Academy of Music under Jo Dusseldorp and Jean Antonietti, and percussion under Jean Semmeling, in which he graduated with honours. From 1978 to 1996 he worked for the Maastricht LSO Symphonic Orchestra as solo percussionist.
In 1983 he passed his practical exam in brass and woodwind conducting. He continued his studies with Piet Stalmeier and passes his final exam in Symphonic Band conducting after a successful concert with the Royal Military Band in The Hague. He was a guest conductor with the LSO Symphonic Orchestra of Maastricht, the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Royal Air Force Band. In addition, he has directed renowned symphonic bands, such as the Maastricht Academy of MUSIC Symphonic Band, The Royal Philharmonic Band Bocholtz and the Concordia Treebeek Symphonic Band. Furthermore, he teaches percussion as a main subject at the Maastricht Academy of Music and is artistic leader of the Limburg Percussion Ensemble In July 1996 Pieter Jansen was appointed Conductor of the Royal Military Band In The Hague.
FRIGYES HIDAS: COMPOSER
Frigyes Hidas was born in Budapest in 1928. He studied composition at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music with Janos Visky. For fifteen years he was music director of the National Theatre (1951-19661) and between 1974 and 1979 he performed the same function at the municipal Operetta Theatre. Since leaving that institution, he has been a free-lance composer. Hidas is a highly prolific composer who firmly believes in tunes and harmonies. In a traditional sense of those terms and always writes in an easily accessible idiom. His oeuvre covers the entire gamut of genres opera's, ballets, concertos, orchestral, chamber, solo and choral music. He is particularly well known In the world for his woodwind and brass chamber music and for his works for symphonic band. Hidas has received an important number of commissions by Ballet Companies, the State Opera House, Radio stations, Universities and various musical societies
CAROLA LIGT: FLUTE
Born 11 August 1970 in the Netherlands, she started taking flute lessons at age nine. Carola studied with Raymond Delnoye at the Brabant Conservatory of Tilburg and received her degrees as a teacher of music and performing musician with honours including a secondary qualification in chamber music.
In 1985 won first prize at the National Flute Competition in leiden and, in 1986 received the Buma Trophy, presented for the best performance of original Dutch music. In 1985 and 1987 she won the National F.K.M. Competition. She took master courses With Raymond Delnoye, Trevor Wye, Peter-lucas Graf, Emile Blessen, Johan Rlfcken and Gaby Pas- von Riet. In 1994, she taught at the Brabant Conservatory of Tilburg. Carola plays in various chamber music ensembles, including the Valerius Ensemble. In the past she performed with the N.0.G. ensemble. She has played in the Euregio Youth Orchestra, the Philips Orchestra, the Netherlands Student Chamber MUusic Orchestra and the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. She is a substitute performer with the Brabant Orchestra, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Since September 1996 she has been employed full time as first flutist with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
SAVE THE SEA
This piece was composed in 1997 for the 1998 'International Conference for Saving the Seas of the World' in Portugal. This time the composer has written authentic programme music. The titles of the Individual movements serve as signals for the musical material, leaving the audience to It's own free associations.
The first movement,'Waves of the Sea' demonstrates the constant motions of the sea and the gentle nature of the immense power it conceals.
The second movement,'Song of the Sea', is the tranquil, joyful song of the sea.
The third movement is 'Threatening Sea' As the title suggests, the mood of this movement reminds one of the rough sea and stormy weather.
'Game of the Corals' is the title of the fourth movement. It recalls the atmosphere of the underwater life on the coral islands, depicting the colourful splendour of the tiny fish that inhabit the coral reefs.
The final movement, with its anthem-like mood, expresses the calmness of the majestic sea .
'A Ballet SUite for Symphonic Band'
The ballet tells the history of the general Coriolanus, and his mother, Veturia. The popular Coriolanus is banned from Rome and sent to live with the people of Volcus, whom he had once oppressed. He decides to revenge himself against the people of Rome. Following a brief introduction, the 'Moderato Molto' portrays the training of Volcus' army. They are preparing for war: Andante Ritmico. Coriolanus mother, surrounded by a crowd of women, begs her son not to wage war against Rome: 'Lento Rubato'. Coriolanus then decides to withdraw his troops: 'Allegro Energlco'. Afterwards, Volcus' frustrated army kills Conolanus. Veturla grieves over the death of her son. This is followed by the glorification of the hero, who prefers death to turning against his own people.
FLUTE CONCERTO No. II
While the composer wrote his first flute concert with accompaniment of strings, this piece, his second, is accompanied by harp, celesta, wind and percussion instruments. The slow meditative cadence of the flute during the opening sets the mood for the entire movement. Inherent in the title is a relatively freely formed, although conventional A-B-A structure.
The second movement recalls the atmosphere of a Christmas lullaby with the resonant, tuneful instrumentation and nursery-rhyme-simplicity of its themes. Because of it's continually rolling rondo, which evokes a real scherzo mood, the third movement requires the virtuosity of the flute.