Hardy Mertens

Conductor / Composer

Scores in progress

January to april 2018 I will be working on "Requiem for a Future War". Score : wind band. Duration : approximately 18 minutes. Its concept and project context have been fathered by Frans Geraedts. The world premiere performance is scheduled for 2018 in the Netherlands. Performers : Koninklijke Harmonie Orpheus Tilburg conducted by myself. Please prepare for breaking news to follow..... 

September to november 2017 I have been working on "The Bridge". Score : wind band. Duration : approximately 15 minutes. Commissioned by Koninklijke Harmonie Eendracht Maakt Macht Wessem to celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2018, "The Bridge" is a testimony of my 23-year-long experiences regarding life, love and church within the Wessem community. The poem and quotations to illustrate the music have been written by Wido Smeets. The world premiere performance is scheduled for saturday 23 june 2018 @ Wessem Boulevard. Performers : Koninklijke Harmonie Eendracht Maakt Macht Wessem conducted by myself. Please prepare for a symphonic diary full of sparkling, romantic and solemn pages. Walking on Memory Bridge, connecting yesterday, today, tomorrow, home and the unknown.....   

June 2017 I have been working on "Chupito Ramiro" (paso doble). Score : wind band. Duration : approximately 4 minutes. Commissioned by HaFaBra Music Louis Martinus, "Chupito Ramiro" is dedicated to Ramiro Pérez. The poem to describe the music has been written by Rebeca Romero and Sara Barberá. The CD recording took place on wednesday 23 august 2017 @ La Renaissance Visé. Performers : Ad Hoc Wind Orchestra conducted by myself. Please prepare for a boyish-and-girlish prank that will make your ears twinkle.....

April 2017 I have been working on "Mariana". Score : soprano voice & wind band. Duration : approximately 5 minutes. The autobiographical lyrics by Alessandra Mariana Mura describe the foxlike behaviour ("su mariane" means "the fox" in Sardinian language) of a solitary predator with a secretive personality, who merges perfectly into the night. The world premiere performance took place on sunday 22 october 2017 @ Chiesa Parrocchiale di Orzinuovi. Performers : Caterina Iora & Banda Musicale Città di Orzinuovi conducted by myself. The fox Mariana creates mysteries, dictates rules and hides exits. Please prepare for a confession with a hungry heart.....

February  2017 I have been working on "The Four Beauties". Score : alto flute, french horn, vibraphone & zhonghu / ad lib viola. Duration : approximately 12 minutes. "The Four Beauties" is dedicated to Amalia Tortajada, Annamia Larsson, Eli Smeplass and Rozie Hoong, honouring their exceptionally expressive talents. The world premiere performance took place on sunday 23  july 2017 @ Erenstein Castle Kerkrade. Jessica Ryckewaert has played on behalf of Eli Smeplass. Please prepare for a sensual, passionate and dramatic sound portrait in which the legendary Chinese femmes fatales Xi Shi, Wang Zhaojun, Diaochan and Yang Guifei revive. Their beauty and downfall being tragically connected by fate.....

Thursday 23 June 2016 I wrote "Chucker-Out" (ambiguous uitsmijter). Score : wind band. Duration : approximately 2 minutes. After waking up from surgery two weeks earlier, the Dutch "uitsmijter" got a triple hold of me. I felt like being ejected by a "bouncer", but the tasty "sandwich" afterwards seemed a proper "encore" to the medical team's performance. The CD recording of "Chucker-Out" took place on wednesday 24 august 2016 @ La Renaissance Visé. Performers : Ad Hoc Wind Orchestra conducted by myself. Please prepare for a waterfall of delirious happiness, however written on pyjamas-and-sickbed-location. An encore..... 

March, april and may 2016 I have been working on "Glück Auf" (deconstructed - reconstructed). Score : female voice & wind band. Duration : approximately 12 minutes. The concept of de- and reconstructing the bergmannslied/folk song (published in 1700) and the march by Johan Wichers (published in 1960) has been fathered by Frans Geraedts. Co-writer Emily Marr has been guiding me through this adventurous and experimental journey. The world premiere performance is scheduled for 2017 in the Netherlands. Please prepare for an "octagonal cubist audio painting", in which the anxieties of both coal miners and their loved ones are reveiled.....

November 2015 I have been working on "Sinoči". Score : soprano voice & accordion. Duration : approximately 5 minutes. The lyrics have been written by Andreja Šolar and Mojca Kovačič. "Sinoči" (a yesterday's evening) is the first movement of a pentaptych tribute to South-Limburg coal miners - Machines Of Mourning - of which "Koel" (coal mine - pit - hole - collective destinies), "Vaderlament" (father lament), "Inne Sjtaatse Maan" (a stately man) and "Sjtub" (matter - dust - black lung - collective memories) are the second, third, fourth and fifth movement. The world premiere performance is scheduled for 2017 in the Netherlands. Performers : Rianne Wilbers & Leo van Lierop. Please prepare for a meditation on nostalgia and uncertainty, expressed through the desperate voice of the miner's beloved left behind.....

September, october and november 2015 I have been working on "La Memoria delle Pietre" ("The Memory of the Stones"). Score : wind band. Duration : approximately 14 minutes. The astrological research, as well as the poem to describe the music, have been provided by Marie-Jeanne van Deuren. Commissioned by the Banda Musicale Monastir and inspired by the art of Pinuccio Sciola, "La Memoria delle Pietre" presents the stones on our planet as angelic messengers of the universe. The world premiere performance took place on thursday 8 december 2016 @ Auditorium del Conservatorio di Cagliari. Performers : Banda Musicale Monastir conducted by Alessandro Cabras. Please prepare for a soundtrack to a non-existent movie. And feel free to create your own images of the mystery of evolution.....

April 2015 I have been working on "Land Of Thousand Flavours". Score : amplified erhu / ad lib soprano saxophone, ethnic drums & flexible instrumentation. Duration : approximately 7 minutes. Commissioned by the Mus'Art Wind Orchestra, "Land Of Thousand Flavours" is a tribute to the 50-year-young-and-strong independent Republic of Singapore. The world premiere performance took place on saturday 8 august 2015 @ SG50 Jurong Green Parade Stage Singapore. Performers : Rozie Hoong & Mus'Art Wind Orchestra conducted by Tan Soh Hwa. Please prepare for champaign, orchids and fireworks translated into romantic melodies and rousing rhythms.....

January and february 2015 I have been working on "Schnaps Shots". Score : clarinet, piano, double bass & tupan. Duration : approximately 6 minutes. Commissioned by Theo Gerris, "Schnaps Shots" is a collection of 6 miniatures dedicated to the tasty liquors Becherovka (Czechia), Palinka (Hungary), Tuica (Romania), Borovicka (Slovakia), Rakia (Bulgaria) and Slivovka (Slovenia). The world premiere performance took place on  sunday 14 june  2015 @ King of Italy Tilburg. Performers : Theo Gerris, Martien Maas, Jules Stoffels & Mari Spikmans. Please prepare for some rejuvenating, invigorating and intoxicating booze tunes.....

September, october and november 2014 I have been working on "1890" (sinfonietta festiva). Score : fanfare band. Duration : approximately 18 minutes. Commissioned by Fanfare Eendracht Nieuwenhagerheide to celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2015, "1890" is a three-movement mini symphony based on the four-note motif of C-G-Ab-D, including transpositions and additional chords. The world premiere performance took place on sunday 28 june 2015 @ Harmoniezaal Nieuwenhagen.  Performers : Fanfare Eendracht Nieuwenhagerheide conducted by myself. Please prepare for a colourful garden of sound flowers.....

January and february 2014 I have been working on "Koel". Score : flexible instrumentation. Duration : approximately 16 minutes. "Koel" (coal mine - pit - hole - collective destinies) is the second movement of a pentaptych tribute to South-Limburg coal miners - Machines Of Mourning - of which "Vaderlament" (father lament), "Inne Sjtaatse Maan" (a stately man) and "Sjtub" (matter - dust - black lung - collective memories) are the third, fourth and fifth movement. The world premiere performance took place on sunday 29 november 2015 @ Rolduc Abbey Kerkrade.  Performers : Parkstad Miners Brass conducted by Ron Daelemans. Please prepare for a rough, severe, ruthless, hammering, oppressing, dangerously boring, but macho minimal music marathon.....

February 2013 I have been working on "Keyif" (profoundly living the moment). Score : wind band. Duration : approximately 10 minutes. Commissioned by HaFaBra Music Louis Martinus, "Keyif" is a Turkish delights snapshot collection, starring Nil Eyuboglu, Flavia Eyuboglu and Semiha Karaca. The world premiere performance took place on  friday 30 august 2013 @ Forum des Pyramides Welkenraedt. Performers : Ad Hoc Wind Orchestra conducted by myself. Please prepare for easy-to-the-ear tunes with a sexy oriental groove.....

September and october 2012 I have been working on "abeautifulintruder/oneindiggastvrij". Score : female voice, english horn, 4 vibraphones & "Longplayer" by Jem Finer. Duration : approximately 6 minutes. The septet concept has been fathered by Frans Geraedts. The sextet lyrics and music are based on "Eternal Music" by Karien Wertz. The world premiere performance took place on sunday 7 july 2013 @ Kunstwarenhuis VenD Kerkrade.  Performers : Corinne Romijn, Karien Wertz, Tom Rössel, Actea Jimenez Fuertes, Nestor Morales Vitoria, Sandra de Jong & live streaming "Longplayer" conducted by Ingeborg Stijnen. Please prepare for minimal music on 99 words, touching both life and death..... 

May and june 2012 I have been working on "Il Vento della Vita" ("The Wind of Life"). Score : 6 french horns & wind band. Duration : approximately 14 minutes. The poem to describe the music has been written by Barbara Angelini. The world premiere performance took place on tuesday 16 july 2013 @ Parkstad Limburg Theatre Kerkrade. Performers : René Pagen, Raymond Warnier, Marcel Sobol, Hans van der Zanden, Guido Rooyakkers, Stef van Herten & Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides conducted by Yves Segers. Please prepare for a highly emotional and explosive tone poem with a touch of prayer and meditation.....

March and april 2012 I have been working on "Valarantea". Score : wind band. Duration : approximately 8 minutes. "Valarantea" is written in memory of  Andrea Parodi, based on 4 of his songs, selected by Valentina Casalena. The world premiere performance took place on  saturday 27 july 2013 @ Rodahall Kerkrade. Performers : Banda Musicale Lao Silesu conducted by Simone Pittau. Please prepare for dark-towards-bright-cross-over music, reaching out to the unique grounds and sounds of Andrea's beloved Sardinia.....

October and november 2011 I have been working on "Sjtub". Score : woodwinds & brasses. Duration : approximately 12 minutes. "Sjtub" (matter - dust - black lung - collective memories) is the fifth movement of a pentaptych tribute to South-Limburg coal miners - Machines of Mourning - taking part in the combined arts project SJTUB. The world premiere performance took place on  friday 30 may 2014 @ Highlite International BV Kerkrade. Performers : Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Kerkrade conducted by Guido Swelsen. Please prepare for a sad song heading towards a gradually collapsing soundscape.....

February and march 2011 I have been working on "Shanghai Sword Dance", commissioned by the Eindhoven Philips Symphonic Wind Orchestra.  Score : female dancer & wind band. Duration : approximately 9 minutes. The poem to describe the music has been written by Penny Tan. The world premiere performance took place on  sunday 13 november 2011 @ Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven. Performers : Anne Chantraine & P.S.B. conducted by Matty Cilissen. Please prepare for flashing moves and sounds with an Asian flavour.....

October 2010 I have been working on "Uaithne (Gaelic phonetics : "O-Enya") - the Harper of the Dagda". Score : amplified alto flute, baby blue electric harp & wind band. Duration : approximately 9 minutes. The research on Celtic mythology, as well as the musical main theme and chord patterns, have been provided by Sanna Severins. The world premiere performance took place on sunday 2 june 2013 @ Kunstwarenhuis VenD Kerkrade. Performers : Iris van Cleef, Liza Balyon & Philharmonie Sittard conducted by Ingeborg Stijnen. Please prepare for real contemporary music with a tribal groove and agressive sounds.....