Everybody knows the canon „Bruder Jakob“. A canon is one of the oldest musical forms and good for singing. Everybody sings the same melody in certain bar intervals. Kees Vlak made the Kanon a little more complicated and diversified by starting the melodies on different notes and combining them with short interludes. „Shufflin’ Canon“ is a modern canon in Swing style with polyphonic elements and a "shufflin'" drum rhythm. After 28 bars it transforms to Jazz style with walking bass, solo parts and background riffs. Eight bars later we hear a string big band sound and again eight bars later the theme appears in the bass and is accompanied by snap. In the finale the polyphony is once more shown to its best advantage.
eXplora Grade 2
eXplora disc 02
Chords of fifths and the gong open the "Land of the Pharaohs" in an impressive way. A soft and mysterious theme follows the introduction. Twelve measures later chords of fifths are added and the mysterious theme changes its nature. It is now played ...
The "Little Magyar" begins passionately with a melancholy motif in the minor mode: a campfire is burning; the violins weep and tell stories of the fatherland and the family. This joyless mood does not prevail for long, as the Hungarian is no sad ...
The „Irish Dream“ begins with a soft and dreamy melody depicting the natural and beautiful landscape of Ireland. That theme reapears throughout the whole piece. As a contrast we hear a distinctive theme symbolizing the rutted cliffs and the rough ...