Iowa State University MUSIC

Edgar W. and Margaret MacDonald Stanton Memorial Carillon



Concerto after A. Marcello, BWV 974


 Johann Sebastian Bach



Two Nocturnes

Molto moderato

 John Field



The Arrival of Willibrord (1995)

 Louis Andriessen



Passacaglia (1953)

Jos Lerinckx



Entertainment from Latin America:

Valse III

Con sentimento - tango


Agustin B. Mangoré
A. Malando

Carillon arrangments 1, 2, 5: Arie Abbenes

Program notes

This carillon program includes wide selections of music that the Utrecht audience is used to - original composition, arrangements in different styles, lighter music and well known tunes.

The first composition of Johann Sebastian Bach is in fact a “double” arrangement. In Bach's time, this was an accepted and popular practice to arrange Italian concertos for harpsichord or organ. Bach arranged the Concerto of Alessandro Marcello for harpsichord and Arie Abbenes wrote thereupon the carillon version.

The Irish born composer John Field spent the greatest part of his life in Russia. Being a virtuoso pianist, he devoted his talent mainly composing piano works. It is said he was the “inventor” of the Nocturne, the great example for Chopin!

Louis Andriessen is considered one of the most outstanding composers in The Netherlands. His affinity with the carillon dated from his youth where his parents' home stood in the shadow of the Utrecht Domtower. Andriessen got the commission for The Arrival of Willibrord in commemoration of the Irish missionary in The Netherlands, who started the conversion of the territory in 695. It is a descriptive composition, one hears the arrival of the missionary of the seashore, horseback riding to the heathens, the fight against the evil power and finally the victory. The composition was dedicated to Arie Abbenes.

The Passacaglia of the Flemish composer/carillonneur Jos Lerinckx is according to the recitalist the most beautiful music in the tradition of the Flemish-Romantic tremolo style. Lerinckx discovered later on that this masterpiece was in fact a self-portrait, containing all his moods and qualities as there are joy, sadness, doubt and spirituality. The composition has an open ending, his explanation was as follows: “in heaven the passacaglia will be completed, together with my father to whom it was dedicated”. With the death of Jos in 2000 the Flemish Composition School became history forever.

The finale of the program consists of light Latin-American music from the days of our grandparents. Mangoré from Paraguay and Malando from … Rotterdam, believe it or not.