Ik maak schoon (I clean up)

for chromatic harmonica, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass (2015, 8')

first performance: 6 February 2016, De Flint, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Ik maak schoon (I clean up) was written for the Dutch viola player Esther Apituley and her project Bach & Bleach, which toured the Netherlands in 2016, and was performed in New York City in 2019.

In Bach & Bleach, an ensemble consisting of chromatic harmonica, percussion, piano, strings and double bass / bass guitar plays a concert programme focusing on the chaconne. Central in the programme is J.S. Bach’s well-known Chaconne in d minor BWV 1004; around this landmark piece, other chaconnes old and new are grouped.

A theatre cleaner unwillingly becomes involved in the proceedings on stage, and cleaning becomes, next to the chaconne, the central theme of the performance.

In Marinissen’s Ik maak schoon, a six bars long incessant bass line supports a chain of variations on a sequence of 52 chords. The chromatic harmonica, as a secret soloist, soars high above the ensemble, perhaps cleaning the air from evil spirits...

Sidebar Title

This is the sidebar section of the main content area in the Theme. You can choose to display the sidebar on either the left, right-hand side of the main content area or at the bottom.