S A X O P H O N E A N D O R G A N
Jo Louppen - organ
Ton Verhiel - saxophone
Organist Jo Louppen (Photograph: Leon Poels)
Since 1978 I´m playing together with church-organ. To me, it´s one of the most beautiful combinations for saxophone. The saxtube is like a extra register or sound-dimension to the organ. For the last fifteen years I´m playing with organist Jo Louppen, but did also some fine concerts with German organist and pianist Frank Kleespies.
We did a lot of original compositions and played first performances in the Netherlands of works by a.o. Jean Bouvard, Timothy Broege, Bernard Krol, Vauquelin le Trouveur and Hans-Ludwig Schilling. About ten new pieces were composed for us by composers from our area.
German composer Bernhard Krol wrote several fine pieces for saxophone and organ
On march 16th 2003 we have presented a CD on which we have collected a compilation of our best radio performances. The CD contains original compositions for saxophone and organ and a Sonata for saxophone-solo by composers from our area.
It is the first time that a collection of works by these composers is published. Because there is not so much interest in a CD of this kind, we have produced a very limited edition. The CD contains compositions by Gerard Sars, Hans Suyckerbuyck, Piet Kingma (+1998), Ton Verhiel and a Crucifixion for alto saxophone and organ by Jan Seevens (+2000).
Composer and organist Gerard Sars wrote Preghiera Triangolare for me to perform during the World saxophone Congres in Pesaro, Italy
I wrote several pieces for saxophone and organ
Partita Breve for alto saxophone and organ (ERES Musikverlag)
performed during the World saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy. This composition is one of my most succesfull pieces. It was performed in France, Germany, Latvia, Austria and may other countries by several famous saxophone players.
The following two links bring you to the performance of some of the movements of the Partita
There are two CD recordings of this Partita:
In 1997 Ralf Benschu and Jens Goldhardt took the Partita in their program of the CD "Saxophon und Orgel".
In 2016 saxophonist Alan Harrington en organist Lottie Enns-Braun recorded the work on their CD vanishing Point
Meditation for alto saxophone and organ (ERES Musikverlag)
A short meditative piece that found its way through Europe and was even performed in the USA.
Prelude, Cadence et Scherzo for alto saxophone and organ (Ton Verhiel-ME)
A "showy" piece, which will also work very good with smaller organs. First performed in Noorbeek, Netherlands with Jo Louppen
The nice organ in the charming church in Noorbeek, Netherlands
Kleine Fantasie über ein religiöses Lied for tenor saxophone (or alto saxophone) and organ. (Ton Verhiel-ME)
This work, based on the hymn "Abide with me" was written for a memorial concert for composer Jan Seevens, who wrote so many fine pieces for me.
Fragments for tenor saxophone and organ (Chili Notes)
There are not many pieces for the tenor saxophone and organ. I tried to fell the gap with this rhapsodic piece, which I did transcribe for tenor saxophone and band. The piece is dedicated to Frederick Hemke, who never did perform it.
Prelude Fanfaresque for soprano saxophone and organ (Ton Verhiel-ME)
A very short, brilliant piece for soprano saxophone. Very well suited as an opening for your concert.
Sonatine nr. 4 for soprano saxophone and organ (or piano)
A charming, entertaining little three movement work for this combination. First performed in Bad-Soden Salmünster with Frank Kleespies.
The Peter and Paul church in Bad-Soden Salmünster, Germany