Programma zaterdag 22 april 2006

Concert door



o.l.v. Hendrik Jan Brethouwer

op zaterdag 22 april 2006

om 14.30 uur

in de Hervormde Kerk te Krommeniedijk

Toegang gratis

Een vrijwillige bijdrage na afloop wordt zeer op prijs gesteld



Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Rondino in Es

Jean Françaix (1912-1997)

Sept Danses

Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)

Old Wine in New Bottles

Jurriaan Andriessen (1925-1996)

Respiration Suite

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Serenade in Es-Dur Opus 7


Acht enthousiaste musici met een gezamenlijke interesse in kamermuziek vormen sinds het najaar van 2002 het blazersensemble Septentriones.

De basisbezetting is een klassiek octet bestaande uit twee hobo’s, twee klarinetten, twee fagotten en twee hoorns. Afhankelijk van het repertoire wordt deze bezetting uitgebreid met bijvoorbeeld contrabas, fluiten of extra koperblazers.

Onder leiding van dirigent Dick Verhoef werkt het ensemble aan twee of drie projecten per jaar. Een korte periode van intensief repeteren wordt afgesloten met concerten op diverse locaties in Nederland. Het repertoire bestaat uit klassieke, romantische en hedendaagse werken.

Septentriones is Latijn voor enerzijds het sterrenbeeld Grote Beer en anderzijds het noorden en noordenwind. Het blaasoctet (wind octet) Septentriones is opgericht in de sterren- en planetenbuurt in Amsterdam-Noord en de leden komen (bijna) allemaal uit Noord-Holland.

Vanmiddag speelt Septentriones onder leiding van gastdirigent Hendrik Jan Brethouwer in de volgende bezetting:

Hylke Wychers en Toni Holthaus, dwarsfluit

Wanda Hagmolen of ten Have en Alette Wessels, hobo

Petra Wals en Joke Hagedoorn, klarinet

Rik Ages en Annemarieke Volkstedt, fagot

Aschwin de Vente, Cora Rood, Arjan Sas en Marinus Duijm, hoorn

Jaap Zegwaard, contrabas

Hendrik Jan Brethouwer studeerde hobo aan de conservatoria van Amsterdam en Groningen. Na het behalen van het diploma Uitvoerend Musicus volgde hij nog enkele jaren lessen bij Carlo Ravelli. Verder maakt hij deel uit van een aantal kamermuziekensembles en is als docent verbonden aan de muziekschool van Nieuwegein.

Als dirigent is Hendrik Jan autodidact; al hebben viool- en zanglessen wel het nodige bijgedragen aan inzicht. Hij heeft aan diverse ensembles leiding gegeven: van kamerkoor tot straatorkest.


Gordon Jacobs ‘Old Wine in New Bottles’ is gebaseerd op vier Engelse Folksongs:

The Wraggle Taggle Gipsies

There were three gipsies a-come to my door,
And downstairs ran this a-lady, O!
One sang high and another sang low
And the other sang bonny, bonny Biscay, O!

Then she pull’d off her silk finish’d gown
And put on hose of leather, O!
The ragged, ragged rags about our door
She’s gone with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O!

It was late last night, when my lord came home,
Enquiring for his a-lady, O!
The servants said, on ev’ry hand:
She’s gone with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O!

O, saddle to me my milk-white steed,
Go and fetch me my pony, O!
That I may ride and seek my bride,
Who is gone with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O!

O he rode high and he rode low,
He rode through woods and copses too,
Until he came to an open field,
And there he espied his a-lady, O!

What makes you leave your house and land?
What makes you leave your money, O?
What makes you leave your new wedded lord,
To go with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O?

What care I for my house and my land?
What care I for my money, O?
What care I for my new wedded lord?
I’m off with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O!

Last night you slept on a goose-feather bed,
With the sheet turned down so bravely, O!
And tonight you’ll sleep in a cold open field,
Along with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O!

What care I for a goose-feather bed,
With the sheet turned down so bravely, O?
For tonight I’ll sleep in a cold open field,
Along with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O!

The Three Ravens

There were three ra’ens sat on a tree,
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
They were as black as black might be,
With a down.
The one of them said to his mate,
Where shall we our breakfast take?
With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down

Down in yonder green field,
Down, a down, hey down, hey down,
There lies a knight slain ‘neath his shield,
With a down.
His hounds they lie down at his feet,
So well they do their master keep,
With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down.

His hawks they fly so eagerly,
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
No other fowl dare come him night,
With a down.
Down there comes a fallow doe
As great with young as might she go
With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down

She lifted up his bloody head,
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
And kissed his wounds that were so red,
With a down.
She got him up upon her back,
And carried him to earthen lake,
With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down

She buried him before the prime
Down a down, hey down, hey down,
She was dead herself ere e’en-song time,
With a down.
God send every gentleman,
Such hawks, such hounds, and such a leman.
With a down, derry, derry, derry down, down

Begone, Dull Care!

Begone, dull care!
I prithee, begone from me
Begone, dull care!
You and I shall never agree
Long time hast thou been tarrying here
And fain thou wouldst me kill
But in faith, dull care
Thou never shall have thy will.

Too much care
Will make a man turn grey
And too much care
Will turn an old man to clay
My wife shall dance and I shall sing
So merrily pass the day
For I hold it one of the wisest things
To drive dull care away.

4.  Early one Morning

Early one morning,
Just as the sun was rising,
I heard a maid sing,
In the valley below.

Gay is the garland,
And fresh are the roses,
I’ve culled from the garden,
To place upon thy brow.

Remember the vows,
That you made to your Mary,
Remember the bower,
Where you vowed to be true,

Thus sang the poor maiden,
Her sorrows bewailing,
Thus sang the poor maid,
In the valley below.

O, don’t deceive me,
O, never leave me,
How could you use
A poor maiden so?


As the Rhine courses through the Netherlands it passes the little town of Alphen. It is here that the “Respiration Suite” was born and dedicated to Wallace 0. Fenn on the evening of September 12, 1962. Although it went largely unnoticed by the busy world, for those who were there it will long be cherished as an historical event and a sentimental occasion. On this evening two professional disciplines, physiology and musicology, met and celebrated. On the one hand there were several hundred physiologists from all corners of the earth, interested in the function of the lung; and on the other hand there were the finest Dutch wind instrument artists, interested in the lung as a functional device for the creation of harmonious sounds. The climax of this occasion was the World Premier of the Respiration Suite, composed for this occasion by Jurriaan Andriessen and performed by the Dutch Wind Ensemble under the baton of Thorn de Klerk. However, the event which made this historical occasion particularly dear to respiratory physiologists was the dedication of the surprise Respiration Suite to Wallace 0. Fenn. But let us go back to view the events which preceded the dedication. After several days of regrmented sessions, symposia, and lectures of the XXI International Congress of Physrological Scrences at Leiden, the respiratory physiologists were looking forward to Wednesday afternoon. This was the time that had been set aside for all sections to engage In informal talks, merriment and dinner. That afternoon the resprratory physiologists assembled at a little inn at Warmond, to the tunes of a Dutch band organ, and embarked upon two large glass-enclosed boats and sailed for several hours through a series of lakes surrounded by the picturesque Dutch countryside. The free flow of “young” and “old” genevre on board, provided by our host, J. G. Godart of N. V. Godart, contributed to the conversational mood and merriment but hardly prepared us fop the welcome at the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, where as we docked band music greeted our ears. Not only were the children there to meet this strange group of international scientists but also a 35-man brass band in bright red uniforms, waving a ZO-foot banner, “Welcome Respiratory Physiologists. ” We heard someone remark, “It looks as if respiration physiology has finally become a respectable science. ” With this touching and resounding welcome we disembarked, to stroll through the Avifauna Bird Reserve, beautifully landscaped and containing a magnificent collection of exotic birds, and assembled for dinner in its spacious restaurant. Relaxing in armchairs after an excellent dinner flavored by a Riesling and a Beaujolais, we were now to be entertained by the Dutch Wind Ensemble with a concert sponsored by the Musicians Foundation “Eduard van Beinum. ” First we were officially welcomed by Dr. Arend Bouhuys and his Committee of the University of Leiden, who not only had organized this magnificant affair but had secretly planned with the composer, Jurriaan Andriessen, for the composition and dedication of this surprise Respiration Suite to Wallace 0. Fenn. As Dr. Bouhuys reminded us and as it can now be read on the jacket of the recording of “Respiration Suite”, ‘An understanding of the musical performance of these (wind instrument) artists, in a physiological sense, rests to a large extent on the work of Dr. Wallace 0. Fenn and his associates on pressure-volume relationships of the lungs and chest, on the composition of alveolar air during breath holding, and on physiological effects of pressure breathing. In honour of his outstanding contributions to respiratory physiology, this Respiration Suite has been dedicated by its composer to Dr. Fenn.

“In the four movements of the Suite, the composer has given a musical impression of various aspects of respiratory physiology. The first movement deals with the most fundamental function of the lungs: the exchange of gas through the alveolar-capillary membrane. Movements 2 and 3 indicate the wide field of action of respiratory physiologists, working and enjoying themselves anywhere from the depth of the oceans to outer space. The suite ends with a dynamic impression of air flow into and from the lungs, the very breath of life. ”

The “Respiration Suite” was written for double wind quintet: (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and 2 French horns. ) Jurriaan Andriessen entitled the four movements: Blood-Air Dialogue, Deep Sea Saraband, Minuet at High Altitude, and Flowing Air. These descriptions are most fitting and will always remind us of Wallace Fenn’s wide and varied interests and contribution to respiratory physiology.

Note: A few recordings of the Respiration Suite are still available (Produced by Riker Laboratories Ltd., Loughborough, England. ) Anyone who is interested in obtaining one should write to Dr. Arend Bouhuys,

Department of Physiology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.