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1pm Tuesday 20 February 2007 in the Quadrangle


Carillonneur, Mechelen, Leuven, Halle & Meise, Belgium


1. Preludio Asturias Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
(arr Marcel Siebers)
2. Two anonymous Spanish dances
  Marizapalos (arranged by John Knox)
  Canario (arr Ronald Barnes)
3. Gregorian themes
  Fantasia op ‘Ite missa est’ van Pasen Piet van den Broek
  Fantasy on ‘Ite missa est’ of Easter (b. 1916)
Lux aeterna Eddy Mariën (b. 1962)
  Triptych ‘Hosanna filio David’ Luc Dockx (b. 1970)
4. Fados
  Uma casa portuguesa Artur Fonseca
(arr José Rocha)
  Lisboa antiga Raul Portela (1889-1942)
(arr Eddy Mariën)
  Coimbra Raul Ferrão (1890-1953)
(arr Jo Haazen)
5. Guitar music
  Estudios 5 & 6 Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
(arr Ronald Barnes)
  Capricho Arabe Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
(arr Marco de Goeij)
  Recuerdos de la Alhambra Francisco Tárrega
(arr Brian Swager)
6. Ballade Jef Rottiers (1904-1985)

Program notes

Gregorian themes

The ‘Ite missa est’ is the concluding salutation of the Mass of the Roman Catholic Church. The words are Latin for ‘Go, is dismissed’, referring to the congregation.

Lux aeterna (Eternal light), dedicated to carillonneur Ana Lúcia Elias, was composed on the occasion of the inauguration of the ‘Carrilhão dos Pastorinhos’ (Carillon of the little Shepherds) in Alverca, Portugal, in May 2005. This piece in popular style has an ABA form. Part A has elements of a Portuguese fado; the slower B part starts with a fragment of the Gregorian Lux aeterna, part of the requiem. The title also refers to Lúcia, one of the three shepherds who saw the holy Mary in Fátima, and who died in 2005 at the age of 97.

‘Hosanna filio David’ is the Gregorian antiphon of Palm Sunday. This feast commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his execution.


Jef Rottiers was carillonneur, painter, composer and teacher at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. He is one of the most important representatives of romantic carillon music and was the stepfather of today's performer.


Eddy Mariën was born in1962 in Belgium, and received his first lessons in piano and carillon from his stepfather, Jef Rottiers. He completed his studies of piano at the Mechelen Conservatory of Music and received his final diploma of carillon at the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen. At the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, he obtained the degree of Master in Music.

He travelled through Europe, America and New Zealand, performing concerts and participating in congresses and festivals. Successful recitals were given not only as a soloist but also playing together with guitar, vibraphone and brass ensemble and also as member of the Flemish Carillon Duo. He made several CDs; for example Romantic Carillon Music and the special combination Carillon and Guitar.

In international carillon contests he won several first prizes. He is Carillonneur at Mechelen, Leuven, Halle and Meise and is Professor at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen. He has also given Master courses at Yale University, USA, the National Palace of Mafra, Portugal, and the Danish Carillon School.

Eddy Mariën acted as consultant for the new carillons of Meise, Belgium, and Alverca, Portugal.
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