Rotterdam 1945

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Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

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Subtitle: Overture for Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $170.00   |   Score Only (print) - $45.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rotterdam 1945 was written at the request of Maestro Arjan Tien, the chief conductor of the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, to commemorate their 75th anniversary in 2020.

1945 also marked the end of World War II, the year that Johan de Meij’s home country was liberated from Nazi Germany. Johan’s father was born in Rotterdam in 1910, so he has a special bond with this dynamic city. De Meij uses the numbers 1-9-4-5 to create the main theme and translates it into a four-note motif: C – D’ – F – G.

The premiere performance of the work took place on October 10, 2021, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, by the Dutch Marine Band under Jurjen Hempel.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Kyushu (Japan) Wind Orchestra (Johan de Meij, conductor) – 22 September 2022
  • Dutch Marine Band (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands) (Jurjen Hempel, conductor) – 10 October 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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