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World Premiere with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
"Picture yourself in a boat on a river…", that's how 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' by the Beatles begins. The boat belongs to Lewis Carroll, who told a compelling story to three little girls while rowing on the river Thames near Oxford: 'Alice in Wonderland'. The Beatles wrote a hallucinatingly beatiful song about it (that the song was associated with LSD because of it's title wasn't so farfetched) and they put Lewis Carroll among their heroes on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Just like Karlheinz Stockhausen by the way, but that's another story. Through the Beatles back to Alice in Wonderland.

The accompanying melody of Lucy, crushed like aniseed crumble, has found it's way into the opening of 'Down the Rabbit-Hole' for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The undulating succession of notes rolls through the piece compressed and stretched with an increasing deflection, like Alice repeatedly shrinks and grows during her experiences in the rabbit-hole, stumbling upon one astonishing situation upon the other. A nice metaphor for a new orchestral work. 'Down the Rabbit-Hole' has after all become an expression for an adventure into the unknown...

Commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Born 1972 in Voorschoten (Netherlands), lives in Tilburg. Studied music (piano and composition) in Amsterdam, Tilburg, Den Haag and Melbourne (with Warren Burt). Was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2011.


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