Symphony IV (de Meij)

From Wind Repertory Project
Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

Subtitle: Sinfonie der Lieder (Symphony of Songs) for solo voice, children's choir and wind orchestra

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 30:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €415.00   |   Score Only (print) - €83.00


1. Ein Jahr ist nun geschwunden
2. Wenn zur Thür hinein
3. Wiedersehn
4. Zwei Brüder
5. Vorfrühling
6. Liedchen des Harlekin


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III (Piccolo doubles Alto Flute)
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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including

  • Anvils (2)
  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbal
  • Flexatone
  • Floor Tom
  • Glass Wind Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Rustling Leaves
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangles (2)
  • Verge
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Machine
  • Xylophone

Solo Voice
Children's Choir


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This symphony was inspired by a selection of 19th century German poetry: three poems from Friedrich Rückerts’ Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) and three poems by Heinrich Heine and Hugo von Hofmannsthal which, in the second movment of this impressive work, introduce themes of death, rebirth and hope.

- Program Note from publisher

My 4th Symphony for solo voice, children’s choir and wind orchestra is inspired by a variety of 19th century German poems. The first three movements use lyrics from the same source as Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder by Friedrich Rückert.

1) Ein Jahr ist nun geschwunden 2) Wenn zur Thür herein 3) Wiedersehn

The second half of the symphony continues on the death theme, using a poem by Heinrich Heine (Two Brothers). The last two songs, Early Spring' and Song of the Harlequin by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. are a metaphor for rebirth, new life and hope.

4) Zwei Brüder (Heinrich Heine) 5) Vorfrühling (Hugo von Hofmannsthal) 6) Liedchen des Harlekin (Hugo von Hofmannsthal)

The symphony was written at the request of the South-Tirol Youth Wind Orchestra, for the annual Mahler Festival in Dobiacco-Italy. The world premiere took place on July 24th, 2013 in Dobiacco.

- Program Note by composer Dedicated to Eileen Machan-Schley, my sweet mother in law.

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