Composer of the Month

July 2017

Johan de Meij

Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting. His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements have garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world. His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra. His Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple, Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth, Symphony No. 4 Sinfonie der Lieder as well as his solo concertos, T-Bone Concerto (trombone), UFO Concerto (euphonium) and Casanova (cello) have been enthusiastically received at many of the world’s finest venues.

Before devoting his time exclusively to composing and conducting, Johan de Meij enjoyed a successful professional career as a trombone and euphonium player, performing with major orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands. He is in high demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, frequently invited to speak about and perform his own works. He currently maintains posts with both the New York Wind Symphony and the Kyushu Wind Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan as their principal guest conductor. He was also appointed regular guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela – part of the celebrated Venezuelan educational system El Sistema. He is founder and CEO of his own publishing company Amstel Music, established in 1989.

When not traveling, Johan divides his time between his Hudson Valley home and Manhattan apartment with his wife and muse Dyan, cats Lenny & Tosca and dog Lucy=

Symphony No. 1
http://www.johandemeij.com/cd_profile_main.php?id=1008

Symphony No. 3
http://www.johandemeij.com/cd_profile_main.php?id=14

JULY 2017 SCHEDULE:

  • Orchestra Fiati di Valle Camonica - Conductor: Denis Salvini, Devid Ceste euphonium
    UFO Concerto (euphonium & wind orchestra) July 09, 2017 - 9:00 pm Cantina Barone Pizzini, Provaglio d`Iseo Italy
  • Amsterdam Brass - Conductor: Pierre Volders, Jorgen van Rijen and Alexander Verbeek, trombone soloists
    Two-Bone Concerto (two solo trombones & brass band)
    July 09, 2017 - 8:00 pm Rodahal, Kerkrade - The Netherlands
  • Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa - Conductor: Francisco Ferreira, Henk van Twillert alto sax soloist
    FELLINI (for alto sax, wind orchestra & circus band)
    July 11, 2017 - 8:00 pm Casa da Música, Porto - Portugal
  • BANDA MUNICIPAL DE BILBAO - Conductor: José R. PASCUAL-VILAPLANA
    Fifty Shades of E
    July 19, 2017 - 8:00 pm Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht - The Netherlands
  • Harmonie St. Michael Thorn - Conductor: Ivan Meylemans, Jorgen van Rijen and Alexander Verbeek, trombone soloists
    Two-Bone Concerto (two solo trombones & wind orchestra)
    July 20, 2017 - 8:00 pm Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht - The Netherlands
  • Orchestra Fiati di Valle Camonica - Conductor: Denis Salvini, Devid Ceste euphonium
    UFO Concerto (euphonium & wind orchestra)
    July 20, 2017 - 5:00 pm Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht - The Netherlands

WORKS

  • African Harmony (Songs from Mama Africa)
  • Aladdin Suite
  • American Suite
  • Andante & Alla Marcia
  • Angelo del Cielo
  • Aquarium
  • At Kitty O’Shea’s
  • Bagatelle
  • Basilica Sacra
  • Canticles (Bass trombone & piano)
  • Canticles (Bass trombone & wind orchestra)
  • Casanova
  • Casanova (Orchestral Version)
  • Celtic Classics
  • Ceremonial Fanfare
  • Ceremonial Fanfare
  • Ceremonial Fanfare (for brass band)
  • Ch'ella mi creda
  • Circus Band Music [from FELLINI]
  • Claire de Lune
  • Cloud Factory
  • Continental Overture
  • Dance I (from Jazz Suite No. 2)
  • Dance II (from Jazz Suite No. 2)
  • Dance of the Amazon
  • Dance of the Elves
  • Der Tod und das Mädchen
  • Downtown Divertimento
  • Duet from Don Carlo (two solo trombones & brass band)
  • Duet from the Opera Don Carlo
  • Duet from The Pearl Fischers (two solo trombones & wind orchestra)
  • Dutch Masters Suite
  • Echoes of San Marco
  • Edgar
  • Elisabeth - the Musical
  • Empire of Light (from The Venetian Collection)
  • Evolution
  • Extreme Beethoven
  • Extreme Make-Over (Brass Band)
  • Extreme Make-over (Fanfare)
  • Extreme Make-Over (for Wind Orchestra)
  • Fantasia Napoletana
  • FELLINI (for alto sax, wind orchestra & circus band)
  • Festive Hymn
  • Fifty Shades of E
  • Finale (from Jazz Suite no. 2)
  • Funeral Music
  • Gandalf (part I from Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings)
  • Gollum (part III from Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings)
  • Gotham (part II from Symphony no. 2 The Big Apple)
  • Hans Christian Andersen Suite
  • Henry V (Suite from the Movie)
  • Hobbits (part V from Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings)
  • Hobbits Dance & Hymn
  • Hobbits Dance & Hymn (Fanfare Band)
  • Jazz Suite No. 2
  • Jig (from St. Paul's Suite)
  • Joropo
  • Journey in the Dark (part IV from Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings)
  • Jupiter Hymn
  • Klezmer Classics
  • Klezmer Classics (Orchestral Version)
  • La Danza
  • La Fanciulla del West
  • La Quintessenza
  • Loch Ness
  • Lonely Planet (part I from Symphony no. 3 Planet Earth)
  • Lothlorien (part II from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Lyric Waltz (from Jazz Suite no. 2)
  • Madurodam
  • Magic Garden (from The Venetian Collection)
  • March (from Jazz Suite no. 2)
  • Marche Americana
  • Medium (Movement II from T-bone Concerto)
  • Mother Earth (part III from Symphony no. 3 Planet Earth)
  • Oriental Festival March
  • Pavane pour une Infante Défunte (solo trombone & brass band)
  • Pavane pour une Infante Défunte (solo trombone & fanfare)
  • Pavane pour une Infante Défunte (solo trombone & wind orchestra)
  • Pentagram
  • Planet Earth (part II from Symphony no. 3 Planet Earth)
  • Polish Christmas Music
  • Rapsodia Borealis
  • Rare (Movement I from T-bone Concerto)
  • Ratatouille Satirique
  • Requiem Æternam
  • Riverdance (Highlights from)
  • Sinfonia Espansiva
  • Sinfonietta No. 1 (for brass band)
  • Sinfonietta No. 1 (for symphonic brass, harp & percussion)
  • Sinfonietta No. 1 (for wind orchestra)
  • Skyline (from Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple)
  • Songs from the Catskills
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Surround Sound
  • Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
  • Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings (Orchestral Version)
  • Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple
  • Symphony no. 2 The Big Apple (Orchestral Version)
  • Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth
  • Symphony no. 3 Planet Earth (Orchestral Version)
  • Symphony No. 4 Sinfonie der Lieder (Piano Reduction)
  • Symphony No. 4 Sinfonie der Lieder (Symphony of Songs)
  • T-Bone Concerto (for trombone & brass band)
  • T-Bone Concerto (for trombone & piano)
  • T-Bone Concerto (for trombone & wind orchestra)
  • Te Deum
  • The King’s March
  • The Lord of the Rings (Excerpts) - for wind orchestra
  • The Lord of the Rings (Excerpts) for Fanfare Band
  • The Lord of the Rings (Excerpts) for Orchestra
  • The Red Tower
  • The Seville Suite (Highlights from)
  • The Venetian Collection
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • The Witches' Sabbath
  • The Woman in White
  • Tintin - Prisoners of the Sun
  • Tivoli Festival Overture
  • To My Country
  • Torna a Surriento (Return to Sorento)
  • Triumphal March
  • Trois Rag-Caprices
  • Two-Bone Concerto (for 2 trombones & piano)
  • Two-Bone Concerto (two solo trombones & brass band)
  • Two-Bone Concerto (two solo trombones & wind orchestra)
  • UFO Concerto (euphonium & brass band)
  • UFO Concerto (euphonium & piano)
  • UFO Concerto (euphonium & wind orchestra)
  • UFO Concerto (Orchestral Version)
  • Via Claudia
  • Virtual Bones
  • Voice of Space
  • Waltz No. 2 (from Jazz Suite no. 2)
  • Well Done (Movement III from T-bone Concerto)
  • Wind Power
  • Windy City Overture
  • Windy City Overture (Orchestral Version)