REwrite RElapse

REwrite RElapse

Orchestration: Brassband
Difficulty: Very Difficult
Duration: 16:00
Editions: Brassband Score and Parts (125,00 euro), Brassband Score only (25,00 euro)

2nd price Swiss Brass Band Association Composition Competition 2016/2017
Premiere at 40th Belgian Brassband Championship, November 2018

The world we live in today in 2018 is vastly complex. Despite all progress we keep on falling into the trap of polarisation and conflict. After WWII everyone agreed: this could never happen again. The roots of this conviction seem frailer every day. Too often we hear the same words and expressions we heard in the run up this WWII.

Social media divide and polarize at least as much as they connect people. It must be said though that every one of these conflicts also initiates a more positive counter movement. Evil is persistent and sometimes it seems as if negative forces are taking over, but so far sincere love and respect are invincible. The only question is: how long will they last and how far will negativity take over this time?

REwrite stands for a renewed sense of hope, hoping to write the story again, but differently this time.
RElapse stands for literally relapsing into bad habits time and again.

REwrite RElapse starts and ends with a vision of a peaceful, gentle world. In between the peaceful moments a hurricane of hate destroys everything.

The main theme that symbolizes this hate first presents itself and returns 5 times in different contrasting variations. Between the 4th and 5th variation the theme which represents love and peace is visited extensively. It quietly builds to a big climax and seems to have the final say in the piece. At this moment the 5th and last variation of the main hateful theme takes over furiously. Just when the chaos seems to envelop everything, the vision of peace gets the final upper hand.

The REwrite theme is very consonant and is filled with warm harmonies. The RElapse theme on the other hand is very dissonant, strict and capricious.

Stan Nieuwenhuis draws from the changing world he lives is and takes part of. The contrast between a peaceful everyday existence and the enormous tensions in the world we all live in, are a constant source of inspiration for him.

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