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European Championships set tests revealed

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

The European Brass Band Association (EBBA) has announced the two set pieces commissioned by event organisers Zimihc for the 41st European Brass Band Championships, to be held in Tivoli Vrendenburg, Utrecht on 4 and 5 May.

Following the withdrawal of Harrie Janssen from the commission for the Championship set test, EBBA and Zimihc has engaged with eminent Luxembourg composer Marco Pütz (b. 1958), who has agreed to make available a much-admired work originally composed for the Luxembourg Military Band three years ago. Entitled Time for Outrage!, the composer describes it as ‘an expression of my personal aversion against all the current crises and injustice of any kind in the world. I am aware that I cannot alleviate or even eradicate these crises with my music, but as a free citizen I believe I have the right to express my indignation through music.’

A spokesperson for EBBA told BB: “Time for Outrage! is in three movements, beginning slowly with Breaking Silence, and gathering pace in Troubled and drama in Rock the Culprits! In 2017, Marco Pütz arranged the work or Fanfare Band and this version was premiéred by the Gelders Fanfare Orkest at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade. EBBA and the composer are grateful to English composer and editor Paul McGhee for preparing the brass band edition for the Championship.”

Marco Pütz is a highly-regarded prize-winning composer for wind instruments and symphonic wind band. He has also composed a children’s musical, chamber music and works for symphony orchestra. In October last year he received the BUMA International Brass Award (The Netherlands) in acknowledgement of his contribution to the band repertoire.

The composer of the Challenge Section set test is Hendrik de Boer (b. 1985). An experienced brass band musician, he was principal euphonium of Soli Brass for ten years (2003-2013), and since 2015 has fulfilled the same role for Brassband de Wâldsang. He also plays euphonium in the Fanfare Orchestra of the National Reserve and is a busy conductor and teacher of wind and brass. In recent years Hendrik de Boer has also been involved in making a number of high-profile arrangements for brass band and is now also increasingly active as a composer.

He has entitled his test-piece Mystic Echoes as the music is derived from a so-called ‘Mystic’ or ‘Prometheus’ chord, created by the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915) and upon which much of his later music is founded. Hendrik de Boer flavours Mystic Echoes with the harmonic characteristics of the six-note chord - perfect fourths and their more ambiguous augmented and diminished ‘relatives’.

Hendrik doe Boer has dedicated his three-movement work to his good friend Chris van der Veen. The both of us were the euphonium section of Soli Brass, Leeuwarden, at the 2006 European Championships in Belfast. This was the first European Championships in which I took part as a player.’