Fool's Journey, The
Year: 2012 / 2014
Duration: c. 46:00
Difficulty: V 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Heide Music
Cost: Score and Parts - €250.00 for parts 1 and 2, €170.00 for part 3 | Each Score Separately - $40.00.
1. Part 1 – 17:00
2. Part 2 – 18:15
3. Part 3 – 11:30
C Piccolo/Flute III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I
B-flat Tenor Saxophone II (optional)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I–II-III, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Lion's Roar
- Ship's Bell
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tenor Drum
- Tubular Bells
- Wind Chimes
None discovered thus far.
The composer does not view his work in the sense of the esoteric but rather as a musical painting of the major arcana of the Tarot. Arcanum (lat.) stands for the secret, in that "arcanum" is derived from the Latin word arca (box). Everything that is enclosed in a box is not visible from the outside and therefore secret. The major arcana comprise 22 cards that appear in a particular order. This order depicts the spiritual development of human beings and acts as a kind of guide to life. Each of the cards presented here embodies its own musical character, and many of the symbols found on the cards are translated into musical parameters.
Although the depiction of the symbols is a central component of the composition, the work primarily follows the adventurous musical journey of the Fool that begins carefree and with a childlike lightheartedness. Emperor and Empress represent parental influence, whereby the Empress stands for goodness and generosity and the Emperor stands for order and protection. The Hierophant [interpreter of sacred mysteries] embodies the education of worldly and spiritual things. The end of childhood is determined by the longing for love and partnership, symbolized by the Lovers. The Chariot represents the motivation to leave home and experience the new.
The Hermit helps the traveler with advice, allowing him to accept the unexpected turns of Fate’s wheel. As the Hanged Man, his path leads to the inner- or underworld, and Death provides a representation of this transition. Here he meets the Devil, who wants to blind the traveler with illusions. However the Star guides him to his goal, the Moon marks the beginning of his dangerous journey out of the underworld, and the Sun finally greets him. Judgment represents his last obstacle before, with the World, life’s journey comes to a close in self-fulfillment and enlightenment.
Hence all the stages of a life’s path contribute to the development of a human being who knows his own outer and inner strengths and knows how to use them. All insights lead to a continuous spiritual growth of the hero.
- Program Note by Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg
This work won the 20th Annual Chiayi City International Band Festival (Taiwan). It was commissioned by Biblioservice Gelderland/Music Department MUI, the Netherlands.
This piece is not meant as an esoteric statement, but merely as a musical painting of the first eight cards of the great Arcana from The Tarot. Each card has its own musical character and many of the symbals on the cards are translated into musical parameters.
By making use of these parameters, the coherence of the work grew more and more during the process of writing. Although the use of the symbols on these cards are an important issue, this piece is most of all the adventurous musical journey of the hero in this saga, the Fool; a metaphor for the journey through life, in which each major Arcana card stands for a stage on that journey.
- Program Note from score
- The Fool's Journey has been recommended as interesting, serious and distinctive music by members of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
- Audio CD: Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg] (Björn Bus, conductor)] - 2015
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg (Björn Bus, conductor) – 14 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif. – '*American Premiere*'
- Harmonie Sint Joseph Sittard (Netherlands) (Björn Bus, conductor) – 21 October 2012
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Ceremonico (2008)
- Festival Overture (2007)
- Fool's Journey, The (2011)
- Highlights from "Hook" (as arranger) (1995)
- Indiana Jones Selection (as arranger) (1981/2007)
- Little Mayflower (2014)
- Spirit of Youth
- The Typewriter (as arranger)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Hans van der Heide." Accessed 26 July 2015.