From Wind Repertory Project
Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

Subtitle: For Bass Trombone and Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 19:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $300.00   |   Score Only - $100.00


Full Score
Solo Bass Trombone
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Canticles is a welcome addition to the bass trombone solo repertoire. Johan de Meij has created a very melodic one-movement solo piece for this noble instrument, superbly supported by the wind orchestra. An impressive show piece for the mature soloist!

- Program note by publisher

There were quite a few good reasons for me to write a solo concerto for bass trombone and wind orchestra: in the first place, to commemorate my 35 years of friendship with bass trombone player Ben van Dijk, which coincides with my 30-year jubilee as a professional musician; my desire to contribute to the solo literature for bass trombone -- there is a lack of lyrical compositions in which the vocal capacities of the instrument are fully utilized; and last but not least as an in memoriam for Ben’s father Piet van Dijk (1920-2003). He was a musician in heart and soul and a wonderful person. As a trombone and euphonium teacher he played an essential role in my later career as a musician, for which I am still grateful. An ambitious international trombone festival became the venue for the world premiere: Slide Factory 2007, organized in Rotterdam by the New Trombone Collective, ideal ambassadors for mode trombone literature.

The actual creation of Canticles was an inspiring experience, working closely as I did with Ben van Dijk. I am grateful to him for his excellent suggestions, his passion and craftsmanship, and I am sure this piece will find its way to the performing arena!

Canticles was commissioned by the Dutch Composers Fund Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst at the request of the New Trombone Collective. The world premiere took place on May 6th, 2007, in the Laurens Church in Rotterdam during Slide Factory 2007, performed by Ben van Dijk and the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy conducted by Ivan Meylemans.

- Program note by composer


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Meij, J. (2007). Canticles: For Bass Trombone and Wind Orchestra [score]. Amstel Music: Amsterdam.