Song for Benni

Concert Band

Song for Benni

Lullaby / Wiegenlied

Ballad, Solo for Flugelhorn, Solo
Grade Level:
Performance time:
Full Score + Condensed Score + Parts
Order Number:
Release Date:


Kees Vlak, born in Amsterdam in 1938, can today doubtlessly be considered one of the most significant Dutch composers of his generation. His works are performed throughout Europe, and as an instructor at wind seminars, a juror of international competitions and guest conductor with many orchestras he can look back on a long and successful career.

At the age of eight he received his first lessons in piano and trumpet. Kees Vlak studied piano, trumpet, composition and conducting in Amsterdam. From an early stage he devoted his composing activities primarily to wind music. In order to make himself acquainted with the problems of woodwind and string instruments, he also learned to play clarinet and double bass.

Since 1990 Vlak has worked together with RUNDEL music publishers, whose ongoing publication of his works is exemplary.

Kees Vlak composed his "Song for Benni" as a musical present for Thomas Rundel on the birth of his son Benedikt. The flugelhorn plays a simple, touching, dreamy melody which is accompanied by the orchestra with delicate chords in a very effective way. Following a series of different variations, a few dark-sounding intermediate bars in the orchestra and a brief transitional cadence in the flugelhorn, the work dies away in a gentle piano after a reminder of the opening melody. Overall, the piece maintains an intermediate level of performance difficulty. As the solo part is also located in the middle tonal range, it can easily be performed by less proficient wind players as well.

The "Song for Benni" represents a considerable addition to the repertoire for annual concerts and festivals at a lower performance level. This delicate work will also attract and delight audiences of large-scale wind concerts.

From S to XXL – Music for any band instrumentation

"Basic Sound" is a series by RUNDEL Music Publications offering an attractive and diversified repertoire to bands at grade 2 or 3 level, of sizes S to XXL. "Basic Sound" allows for performances by groups with limited instrumentation. Minimun requirements are clearly bracketed in the score.
The smallest size (S) of "Basic Sound" is based on the following instruments:
one (1) flute, two (2) clarinets, one (1) alto-saxophone, two (2) trumpets, one (1) trombone, one (1) baritone/euphonium, one (1) tuba and percussion.
Each edition also includes a full set of parts (XXL). That way the conductor can adjust the pieces of the "Basic Sound" series to his band's instrumentation.

You might like to consider ...

60,00 €
Add to Wishlist Listen Read Listen & Read Print Share
Klicken Sie hier um die "Teilen-Funktion" zu aktivieren

See also

Landespolizeiorchester Brandenburg / Peter Vierneisel CD (Compact Disc)



Adventure (Götz) - Imagasy (Kraas) - Silva Nigra (Götz) - Burlesque e Cantabile (Stanék) - Song for Benni (Vlak) - Scandinavia (Bösendorfer) - Another Opening (Neuböck) - Remember Me (Stanék) - L.A. California ...

Alfred Bösendorfer Concert Band



Alfred Bösendorfer dedicates this lovely romanza entitled “Guidita” to Judith, the little daughter of his publisher Thomas Rundel. For solo instrument the composer chose the oboe, as its soft sound wonderfully suits the gentle main ...

Kees Vlak Concert Band

Pavane pour Bowine


The composer Kees Vlak explains his “Pavane for Bowine” in the following way: “When for the first time I became grandfather of a most beautiful grandchild, I was so fascinated by that tender and dear girl, that I wanted to express this very ...

Peter Leitner Concert Band

My Dream


Peter Leitner is composer, arranger, trumpeter and singer of the successful Carinthian group “Fegerländer”. Under the slogan “Der Blasmusik Schlager” (wind band schlager) the 13 musicians combine Bohemian band music at the ...

Kees Vlak Concert Band

My Secret Lovesong


This arrangement can be performed with either a vocal soloist, alto sax or trumpet soloist. Vocal Solo (f-d'') - engl. + german ...

Stefan Schwalgin Concert Band

Under the Boardwalk


Summer, sun and beach - this carefree attitude to life was expressed in 1964 by the black vocal group The Drifters with their song Under the Boardwalk. Latin-American inspired rhythms at a moderate tempo give the song a sunny, relaxed holiday ...

Ludwig van Beethoven / James L. Hosay Concert Band

Moonlight Sonata


The “Moonlight Sonata”, actually the first movement of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor (Opus 27), is Ludwig van Beethoven’s most iconic work. It has been arranged, rearranged, recorded, broadcast and performed probably more that any ...

Consuelo Velázquez / Markus Götz Concert Band

Bésame Mucho


In 1941, Mexican composer Consuelo Velázquez wrote the love song “Bésame Mucho” that became famous all over the world and was covered by many artists in highly diverse musical styles and languages. The title means “kiss ...