Johan de Meij
The music of Johan de Meij includes several of the most performed compositions in today's band literature. Winner of the prestigious Sudler International Wind Band Composition Competition in 1989, his "Lord of the Rings" (in 5 movements) created a sensation across the band world.
Subsequently it was transcribed for symphony orchestra and in a shortened, single-movement version designed especially for high school band.
This first-ever NOVOS Radio/TV Program is based around a concept suggested by Ira Novoselsky. It includes 5 selections from original works and transcriptions of multiple-movement compositions by Johan de Meij.
1. His "The Wind in the Willows" is the delightful setting depicting the famous children's story. The featured movement in this part of the program is Ratty & Mole. Johan discusses themes and relates a heart-warming story in the Commentary+Music version of NOVOS.
2. Magic Garden from "The Venetian Collection" which is de Meij's musical vision of 4 paintings in Venice, Italy's Guggenheim Museum. Johan describes the creative process with Venetian.
3. Featured as part of this program is the Hobbits movement from "Lord of the Rings." Listen to the Commentary + Music version for special insights by Johan about its composition, early performances, and more.
4. In this part of the program is "Le Piccadilly" from the 3-movement suite of Erik Satie piano pieces named Ratatouille by Johan.
5. The final movement form Johan's exciting T-Bone Concerto is fittingly entitled "Well Done." Commissioned by the Kentucky Music Educators this composition has been performed by many of the world's leading trombone soloists. Commentary about starting this project.