Theo Verbey

It is with great sadness that I received the news of the death of composer Theo Verbey in October 2019. Theo was a peculiar person - private and gentle, but also very funny and amiable. He is often remembered for his craftsmanship (and rightly so; he always knew exactly how to write for each instrument), but I also remember him for his unique musical language. His music was different from that of the other Dutch composers of his time - lyrical and with rich harmonic textures, calculating and intuitive at the same time. 

Theo had already written a piece for trombone and orchestra (LIED, written for J├Ârgen van Rijen), when he wrote his Ballade for trombone and piano, for Andrea Vasi and me. It is an incredible addition to the repertoire, and a very powerful and personal piece. It ends with a Bachian setting of the choral O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid!, as an in memoriam for Theo's mother, who passed away when he was writing Ballade.

O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid!
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