Willem Hofhuizen, why this music




Isaac Albeniz


To Willem Hofhuizen Satie, Albeniz and De Falla were the main composers to determine his art. One could say that the music is visualised in his paintings. In order to experience this you may click on any composition in this list and you will find that the combination always fits.





Antonio Lauro

Valse Venezolano No. 3

An ode to my father. This waltz by Lauro is the ultimate in virtuoso compositions any classical guitarist would like to be able to play. Was not Willem Hofhuizen a virtuoso in his own right?




Frederic Chopin

A fragment of Nocturne No. 20

I remember after our parents’ devorce the steps we used to climb as children at the School for canal-boat children, where my father would welcome us with this tune, only to complete it in the warm atmosphere of his studio.

The Artist:



Antonio Vivaldi

An Unknown Adagio

I seldom feel as many different things as when I listen to Vilvaldi’s adagio. There is a sense of frowning, then one of amazement followed by a sense of deepening when the oboe starts wailing and dancing. There is a resurrection of the arabesque passing into a peaceful ending, a magnificent conclusion reflecting man’s struggle in life.


The Draftsman:



Antonio Vivaldi

Picolo Concerto in C, RV 443 Adagio

The piccolo is scratching, like a pen is scratching across a piece of paper, in utter concentration endlessly and indefatigably along flowing lines. The piccolo’s thin sound is as graceful as that of a pen to me.




Domenico Scarlatti

Piano Sonata in f flat, 118

“To rest” seems to be the landscape’s advice. This sonata by Domenico (also my own first name) gives me this particular feeling. It is robust and yet solemn, rocking and yet pieceful lifting the listener up and then drifting away into recollections. Magnificent.


Still Life:



Johann Sebastian Bach

Cello Suite No. 1

The cello’s heaving sound perfectly reflects working and thinking.

The Mistery that is Woman:



Baden Powell

Valse sem nome

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude No. 2, Das Wohltemperierte klavier

Prelude No. 9, Das Wohltemperierte klavier



He discovers.


He experiences.

He reflects.

Bathing Women:



Manuel de Falla



Although he claims “to have conquered her”, he remains in silent awe.

Pavement Café:



Frederiek Chopin

Nocturne no 21


in happiness,

Table Conversation:



Francois Joseph Gossec



but unable to intervene,

Mother and Child:



Camille Saint-Saëns

The Swan, Carnaval des animeaux






Igor Strawinsky

Petrusjka, ballet, third act

Strawinsky is Petrusjka.

The Painted Bird:



Erik Satie


Like the silence in these paintings.

Garcia Lorca:



Enrique Granados

A Spanish dance

A Spanish dance and a Spanish Poet.

Orestes' Revenge:




A clay tablet

The clay tablet is the most ancient piece of “sheet music” we know of, dating back to 408 BC., and probably made by Euripides himself to accompany the theatre play “Orestes”.

The Judgement of Paris:



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Flute quartet

Paris, Athena, Hera and Aphrodite: together a quartet. The tempting sound of the flute is proverbial.




Johann Sebastian Bach

Mache dich, mein Herze, rein, Mattheus passion

Here is a human voice after all (Benjamin Luxon). To me it feels like an ending, but not a final ending.




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cosa mi narri ? Che soave zeffiretto
La Nozze de Figaro

It is in the film “Shawshank Redemption” that Morgan Freeman utters his astonishment as he hears the duet being poured out over the entire prison. “I don’t know what these women are singing, but it brings colour and light into the darkness of our prison". So did Willem Hofhuizen.