THE BIRTH OF TIME ECHOES

Tim De Maeseneer made the very first solo CD for tenor horn on Belgian soil.  Seven of the eight creations were composed exclusively for this project. All this in collaboration with Brassband Willebroek, conducted by Frans Violet.

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Across the Ocean - Pimpanit Karoonyavanich
After “The Poseidon” and “A Journey to The Bermuda Triangle”, “Across The Ocean” is the third composition that inspired me by my favorite sea painting of Romain Steppe, a Belgian painter who lived in the 19th century (1859-1927). It depicts 3 different images of the sea connected to the emotion of sailors. The first part gives the mixed feelings between agitation and excitement reflecting the turbulent sea which is challenging for the sailors to discover the new land. The second part reflects the beautiful calm sea when the sun sets. That gives warm and romantic feelings but hidden with loneliness especially for the sailors who travel far away from home and miss their loved one. Then the image suddenly changes to the angry sea with rain and storm in the third part. To end the first part’s theme comes back declaring that the adventure starts again! 

 

 

Fantasie Concertante (2004) 
Philip Wilby - Première Recording

This exciting new concerto is a welcome addition to the repertoire of french and tenor horn players alike. Like the 18th-Century Serenade form there are five movements, arranged symmetrically around a slow movement – Soliloquy – which separates movements entitled Burlesque (two) and Valse Caprice (three) respectively. The first and last movements share common material of a more symphonic stature, and the concerto ends with a brisk fugato. The solo horn is (in the band version) accompanied by a quintet of solo players (two cornets, euphonium, trombone, and tuba) who provide the lion’s share of the counterpoint and contrast with the main body of musicians who provide musical punctuation in the more sonorous tutti sections. The first movement, Don Quixote’s Dream, contains references to Cervantes’ famous hero, the Spanish nature of his stories, and the ambling gait of his horseback adventures.

 

A Tiny Trilogy - Lode Violet

A Tiny Trilogy is dedicated to and specially composed for the debut album of my good friend Tim.
The title refers to three small parts, each with another story but with the same main character. It is this protagonist that is represented by the ever evolving leitmotiv 

(C D E As G) as he is searching for his own, true personality. The four last bars of the composition are telling the audience if he has succeeded his quest.
Because a trilogy normally refers to long stories and mine is not, I thought it would be nice to let the alliteration dispel the confusion. 

 

Tranquillum - Christopher Bond 

Tenorhorn soloists: Emily Janssens, Bert Pauwels, Lina Van Lint & Tim De Maeseneer

Tranquillum was written last year, and was commissioned by Tim De Maeseneer for the horn section of Brass Band Willebroek. 

Tim wanted a piece of music which would completely show off the four horns in the section. He wanted the music to be slow and beautiful - something which would allow the instruments to blend together really well, and provide a moment of reflection. The music itself isn't based on anything - the melodies within the music are all original melodies, woven together in the work. The title, Tranquillum, is latin, and is a translation of 'tranquility' - music which is calm, still and serene, but above all - moving. 

 

Excursions for Horn - Philip Harper 

"Excursions for Horn takes the listener on an imaginary outing, not of any particular length or to anywhere in particular, but nevertheless following routes which are sometimes familiar, sometimes new and wondrous, sometimes unknown and dangerous, but always leading safely back home. Structurally the music is like a rondo, with the main theme (or the main road if you like) being punctuated by several different contrasting episodes, like diversions into interesting places en route. The main theme is joyful and upbeat before the first episode leads to a more treacherous and jagged landscape which develops through several twists and turns before eventually leading us back on track and a return of the main theme, this time with horn obbligato. The second episode is much more of a bucolic drop-off and the music is spacious and lyrical, as if lost in a dream. There follows a protracted build-up to the main theme's triumphant return with memories of the trip always close at hand, and a brisk coda brings the excursion to an end."

 

Birth of Time Echoes - Jan De Maeseneer 

The Birth of Time Echoes is a three part through-composed work for tenor horn and brassband, dedicated to my brother. 

The first part speaks for itself: playing the tenor horn has always been a “calling” for Tim. When we joined brassband Hombeek, two options were given to aspiring musicians at that time. Either you chose to play cornet or percussion.
Except for Tim, he was so determined to play the tenor horn that he got his way. 

“Vulnerable” exposes the sensitive side of the instrument.
The combined play of the soloist with the vibraphone and the glockenspiel must reveal how intimate and fragile a tenor horn can sound. It almost becomes a lullaby.
Just before the end of this second part, the full horn section of the brassband pays tribute to the instrument as they play a beautiful hymne. 

“The Fuse” proves that the soloist and his instrument are two peas in a pod and this cohesion results in a spectacular and technical funky-feel ending. 

 

Impressions for Tenor-horn - Maarten Vermeersch

Impressions for tenor horn is a piece specially written for Tim De Maeseneer. The piece emphasizes the warm sound the tenor horn produces, a timbre which Tim produces masterfully. Various slow melodies will take you along to different impressions I have about Tim and his specific warm sound on the tenor horn. 

Frokko 5 - Wim Bex
Frokko 5 (Five) was intended to be the final piece of the CD from the very beginning. It is a 5-minute-rollercoaster with a dazzling part for the soloist.
The music starts rather slowly and builds up steadily -using long musical sentences and many technical tours de force- towards a fast and spectacular ending. 

The typical style of Prokofiev was the main inspiration for this composition. It is my ode to, what I believe, is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century! 

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