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De Gouden Wolken

Op donderdag 17 november 2016 zal ik tijdens de netwerkdag van de Nederlandse Vereniging van Muziekbibliotheken een lezing genaamd ”De Gouden Wolken” houden. Het artikel dat ik zal voordragen heb ik geschreven voor kunstschilder Joost de Jonge.

Artikel PDF: de-gouden-wolken-artikel

Somextro lezing


Golden Clouds Booklet

Carillon Concerts Germany 2017

1 Saturday, August 12, 2017, 12.00 – 12.30: Wiesbaden – Marktkirche: Konzert Wiesbaden Mathieu Daniel Polak

2 Sunday, August 13, 2017, 15.00 – 16.00: Hannover – Henriettenstift: Carillon Concert Hannover Henriettenstift

3 Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 17.30 – 18.15: Wurzburg – Neubaukirche der Universitat: Concert Wurzburg

4 Thursday, August 17, 2017, 19.30 – 20.30: Hahnenklee – Stabkirche: Carillon Concert Hahnenklee

5 Sunday, August 27, 2017: Eppingen – Katholische Stadtkirche: konzert-eppingen-mathieu-daniel-polak

6 Saturday, October 28, 2017, 16.00 – 16.45: Erfurt – Bartholomausturm: Carillon Concert Erfurt




Das Lied vom Wein


jetzt trink mer


Rote Lippen

Two Dorian Poems

Recently, panpipes player Mariana Preda asked me if I could compose a piece for her instrument. I decided to give a slow piece which I composed in 2012 a finishing touch and add a new fast movement to it. The key is Dorian. After finishing the first Dorian piece, I composed a small work at the piano. At the piano the Toccatina sounded fine but it was not suitable for panpipes. Undernearth the score of the Two Dorian Poems for panpipes you will find the Toccatina. So, I went on composing and could succeed: two-dorian-poems

I hope to hear the Two Dorian Poems played by Mariana in the near future.


Carillon Concerts America

In the summer of 2016 I gave fifteen carillon recitals in the USA. The carillon journey has been a wonderful experience and will hopefully be the break through of an international career as carillonneur. My girlfriend Ruth Sonco Tello accompanied me and was a great help and support. I was very pleased with the kindness of the hosts and happy about the beauty of the bell towers and carillons. I wrote an article about the journey named On Tour to Uncle Sam: on-tour-to-uncle-sam

Underneath I published a selection of photo’s and videos of the carillons and towers as well as some personal pictures. In the USA I composed a small composition for the two-octave carillon of Ooltewah: poem-for-ooltewah

1. The University of Rochester (New York State) – Hopeman Memorial Carillon:

Rochester 2

2. Alfred University (New York State) – Davis Memorial Carillon:

Alfred 2

3. The Yale University in New Haven (Connecticut) – Harkness Tower:

4. The Metropolitan Museum and Ruth at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City:

5. Love me tender at the carillon in Ooltewah (Tennessee) – The Linnie M. Barger Carillon:

6. The Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit (Michigan):

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7. The Washington Memorial National Carillon at Valley Forge (Pennsylvania):

8. If I were a rich man at the Grand Valley State University in Allendale (Michigan):

9. Mexican restaurant together with Ruth in Bellevue (Ohio):

Bellevue Ohio

10 The St. Chrysostom’s church – Crane Memorial Carillon in Chicago (Illinois):

Dutch translation of On Tour to Uncle Sam: op-tournee-naar-uncle-sam

Photos Carillons America

Rochester University, Alfred University, Hartford Trinity College, Erie Penn State, Yale University


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Today’s recitals Monnickendam & Spakenburg 

Speeltoren Monnickendam

  Keyboard Monnickendam

  Bells Monnickendam

  Tower of Spakenburg

 Keyboard of Spakenburg

Train Ride for toy piano

A while ago I saw a video showing the Suite for toy piano by John Cage. As a carillon player, the bell-like sound I immediately liked. As a pianist I was fascinated by the possibilities of such a small instrument. So I became a toy piano fan right away. The 2017 Florida toy piano festival is a great opportunity to compose a piece for this instrument myself. In Train Ride, I have chosen for a range of an octave (G-G1). I started to think about toys. Trains are toys many boys like. I reckoned, the composition should start with a ‘choo choo’ sound. What adventures would the train encounter? Fantasies about a train ride were steering the composing process. I can’t barely wait hearing Train Ride performed on a real toy piano.

Pdf of the score: Train Ride for toy piano – Full Score

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On YouTube I published the piece using the piano sound of the music notation program:


Pan Tal for Ban ki Moon

Wednesday, April 20 I had the honour to play a Korean song named Pan Tal (Half Moon) when Secretary General Ban ki Moon visited the Erasmus University in Rotterdam:

Pan Tal (half moon)