From Wind Repertory Project
Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

Subtitle: Miniature Suite for Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts - €158.88   |   Score Only - €25.70


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Large Temple Block
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Madurodam is a small-scale miniature town at Scheveningen (near The Hague) and has for many years been one of the most important tourist attractions of the conurbation of Western Holland (called "Randstad"). On a scale 1:25 a charming picture of The Netherlands is given in bird’s eye view: several important buildings, churches and townscapes are reconstructed down to the smallest details. There is also a fine transport system: a network of railroads, harbours and motorways covers the park and Madurodam Airport enables air traffic with all continents.

The miniature suite Madurodam consists of eight short parts presenting a musical impression of the smallest town in The Netherlands.

I) Reveille. The piccolo flute and the side drum announce a new day.

II) Toy Soldiers. There is a military parade in front of the George Maduro Barracks.

III) Binnenhof/Buitenhof. A solemn melody is the main theme of the suite and depicts the state buildings and the nearby lake “Hofvijver” at The Hague.

IV) Small Windmills. Everything that moves or whirls at Madurodam is described in this barrel organ waltz.

V) Intermezzo/Nocturne. Madurodam by night is described by a solemn passage played in unison by the lower instruments.

VI) The Westerkerk Church. Also the capital Amsterdam is represented with the chimes of the famous Westerkerk church.

VII) The Muiderslot Castle. An elegant pavane recalls medieval atmospheres.

VIII) "Grande" Finale. The windmill theme comes back and then the suite comes to an end with the "Binnenhof" theme, decorated by the first strains of the national hymn "Wilhelmus".

Madurodam was commissioned by the NIB (Dutch Wind Music Institute) with financial support of the Composition Trust "Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst".

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • All New England Band Festival Band (Johan de Meij, conductor) - 22 November 2016
  • Lower Columbia College (Longview, Wa.) Symphonic Band (Kurt Harbaugh, conductor) - 9 March 2012

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