Fünf, a commission for the NSO, is my fifth orchestra piece. To celebrate that fact I decided to reward myself with a little experiment. The exact procedure of that experiment is a technical story, but revolves around a musical phenomenon know as the circle of fifths. If you ascend in perfect fifths from a given note, you’ll always eventually come back to the note you’ve started with. This principle was both a construction element and a sardonic obstacle for myself in Fünf – how to make an engaging composition with a dry technical procedure? I use the idea of returning to starting points often in my music – I am fascinated by the experience of returning home, while having been changed by what you’ve encountered during a journey. In that respect, the final chord of Fünf will be exactly the same as the opening chord, although it will sound completely different –  is this really how we began?

  • Instrumentation: Orchestra
  • Composed for: Het Nederlands Studenten Orkest
  • Commissioned by: Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • Published by: Donemus