Compositions

I approach music composition as a creative artistic process, executed through ratiocination in order to produce works of music that convey the composer’s sound construction through performing musicians. As composer I work with sound and as engraver I work with notes because I seek to find a balance between the conceptual and the perceptual in music. I often employ contemporary approaches, graphic notations and alternative performance techniques in many of my works in order to invigorate my unconventional ideas of sound. Integrating other forms of art through collaboration is also a substantial part of my oeuvre.

List of Compositions

  • You are my heartbeat (Du bist mein Herzschlag) for orchestra* [Op. 3b]
  • Jubileum for orchestra* [Op. 11d]
  • Ananke for orchestra [Op. 12]
  • Two musicians
    • Suite for piano and violoncello I for violoncello and piano [Op. 7]
    • Suite for piano and violoncello II for violoncello and piano [Op. 8]
    • Elegies after the death of Nelson Mandela for viola and piano (original version) [Op. 20]
    • Elegies after the death of Nelson Mandela for violoncello and piano* [Op. 20b]
    • A witch’s tale for alto saxophone and guitar (original version) [Op. 21]
    • A witch’s tale for clarinet and guitar* [Op. 21e]
    • Disfigured waltz for clarinet and piano* [Op. 21b]
    • Disfigured waltz for alto saxophone and piano* [Op. 21c]
    • Disfigured waltz for flute and piano* [Op. 21d]
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for vibraphone and marimba (original version) [Op. 24]
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for two guitars* [Op. 24b]
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for flute and guitar* [Op. 24c]
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for clarinet and guitar* [Op. 24d]
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for tenor saxophone and guitar* [Op. 24e]
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for viola and violoncello* [Op. 24f]
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for alto saxophone and violoncello*
  • Four musicians
    • Introductionen for string quartet [Op. 10:01]
    • Paradigmationen for clarinet, bassoon, violin, and viola (original version) [Op. 10:03]
    • Paradigmationen for oboe, bass clarinet, viola, and marimba* [Op. 10:03b]
    • Imitationen for woodwind quartet [Op. 10:04]
    • Stefans Grové 90 Jubileum for flute quartet* [Op. 11b]
    • Stefans Grové 90 Jubileum for string quartet* [Op. 11c]
  • Five musicians
    • Permutationen for flute and string quartet (original version) [Op. 10:02]
    • Permutationen for percussion and string quartet* [Op. 10:02b]
  • Eight musicians
    • Fünf Skizzen nach Kunstwerken von Willem Boshoff for double quartet: string quartet and woodwind quartet [Op. 10]
    • Repetitionen for double quartet: string quartet and woodwind quartet* [Op. 10:02b]
    • Repetitionen for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, violoncello, and contrabass* [Op. 10:02c]
  • Solo piano
    • You are my heartbeat (Du bist mein Herzschlag) for piano solo [Op. 3]
    • You are my most beautiful dream (Du bist mein schönster Traum) for piano solo [Op. 9]
    • Child’s play – three easy pieces based on the C major scale for piano solo [Op. 25]
  • Solo flute
    • Visions d’esquisses par temps de neige for flute solo [Op. 5]
    • Une dédicace musicale for flute solo (original version) [Op. 15]
  • Solo clarinet
    • Une dédicace musicale for clarinet solo* [Op. 15b]
  • Cor anglais solo
    • Une dédicace musicale for cor anglais solo* [Op. 15c]
  • Solo violoncello
    • A portfolio of mirrors for violoncello solo (original version) [Op. 18]
  • Solo viola
    • A portfolio of mirrors for viola solo* [Op. 18b]
  • Guitar solo
    • A wind-up doll’s dream for guitar solo* [Op. 24g]
  • Solo organ
    • Stefans Grové 90 Jubileum for organ solo (original version) [Op. 11]
  • Spleen for soprano and string quartet [Op. 1]
  • …jy die pad… for soprano, clarinet, bassoon, and piano (original version) [Op. 2]
  • …jy die pad… for tenor and piano trio* [Op. 2b]
  • …jy die pad… for soprano and piano* [Op. 2c]
  • Deo Optimo Maximo for soprano solo and SATB choir (original version) [Op. 17]
  • Deo Optimo Maximo for soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin, viola, and violoncello* [Op. 17b]
  • Een Zoon is ons gegeven for SATB choir [Op. 6]
  • Deo Optimo Maximo for soprano solo and SATB choir (original version) [Op. 17]
  • Deo Optimo Maximo for soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin, viola, and violoncello* [Op. 17b]
  • Psalm 23 for SATB choir (original version) [Op. 22]
  • Psalm 23 for SSAA choir* [Op. 22b]
  • Noag se ark for junior choir, piano, flute, and violoncello
  • Vyf koraalvoorspele for organ [Op. 4]
  • 12 diskante vir Liedere uit die Liedboek van die Kerk for solo instrument with accompaniment/congregation [Op. 14]
  • Verwerkings van korale uit die Liedboek van die kerk for children choir, female choir, and organ [Op. 16]
  • Verwerkings van korale uit die Liedboek van die kerk for organ solo [Op. 16]
  • Deo Optimo Maximo for soprano solo and SATB choir (original version) [Op. 17]
  • Deo Optimo Maximo for soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin, viola, and violoncello* [Op. 17b]
  • 8 korale for organ and congregation [Op. 19]
  • Verlange
  • Ek is verlief
  • Soundtrack and arrangements of South African folk songs for Muybridge in Afrika: FAK-Sangbundel Vol. 1 by Robert Rennie
  • Theme song for DEKAT-TV

List of Performances

  • 7 May: Noag se ark for junior choir, piano, flute and violoncello; Laerskool Mooirivier, Potchefstroom; Laerskool Mooirivier Junior Choir (conductor: Michelle Hendriks), Christelle Engelbrecht (piano), George Fazakas (flute), Charles Oliver (violoncello)
  • 11 May: Noag se ark for junior choir, piano, flute and violoncello. Super 12 Choir Competition, University of Pretoria Groenkloof Campus, Pretoria; Laerskool Mooirivier Junior Choir (conductor: Michelle Hendriks), Christelle Engelbrecht (piano), George Fazakas (flute), Charles Oliver (violoncello)
  • 14 May: A wind-up doll’s dream for alto saxophone and violoncello. Helton-Thomas Duo in Concert, Atrium at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg; Jonathan Helton (alto saxophone), Steve Thomas (violoncello)
  • 16 May: A wind-up doll’s dream for alto saxophone and violoncello. Helton-Thomas Duo Concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University, Potchefstroom; Jonathan Helton (alto saxophone), Steve Thomas (violoncello)
  • 23 May: Woolgathering for electronics. Henry George Gallery, Parkhurst, Johannesburg; Electronic art installation and performance
  • 24 May: Noag se ark for junior choir, piano, flute and violoncello. Potch Choir Festival, NG-Kerk Miederpark, Potchefstroom; Laerskool Mooirivier Junior Choir (conductor: Michelle Hendriks), Christelle Engelbrecht (piano), George Fazakas (flute), Charles Oliver (violoncello)
  • 24 May to 22 June: Woolgathering for electronics. Henry George Gallery, Parkhurst, Johannesburg; Electronic art installation
  • 14 April: Psalm 23 for SSAA: National children’s choir festival, Musaion, University of Pretoria; North-West children’s choir (conductor: Christelle Engelbrecht)
  • 4 May: Psalm 23 for SSAA. National children’s choir festival, NG-Kerk Miederpark, Potchefstroom; North-West children’s choir (conductor: Christelle Engelbrecht)
  • 30 June: Psalm 23 for SSAA. World Choir Games Farewell Concert, NG-Kerk Bult, Potchefstroom; North-West children’s choir (conductor: Christelle Engelbrecht)
  • 6 July: Psalm 23 for SSAA. World Choir Games, Pretoria Boys High School; North-West children’s choir (conductor: Christelle Engelbrecht)
  • 8 July: Psalm 23 for SSAA. World Choir Games post-concert, Voortrekkermonument, Pretoria; North-West children’s choir (conductor: Christelle Engelbrecht)
  • 23 September: …jy die pad… An afternoon of Afrikaans art songs, University Congregational Church, Missoula. Carolyn Burns (soprano), Dorothy Peterson (piano), Christopher Kirkpatrick (clarinet), Alicia McLean (bassoon)
  • 24 May: You are my heartbeat (Du bist mein Herzschlag); SoundMine Toonmoment, Queen Elizabeth hall, Antwerp; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra/Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Wim Henderickx)
  • 29 August: Paradigmationen for oboe, bass clarinet, viola, and marimba; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Olivier Barrier (oboe), Morné van Heerden (bass clarinet), Elmarie van der Vyver (viola), Magda de Vries (percussion)
  • 31 August: Paradigmationen for oboe, bass clarinet, viola, and marimba; South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Olivier Barrier (oboe), Morné van Heerden (bass clarinet), Elmarie van der Vyver (viola), Magda de Vries (percussion)
  • 16 July: A wind-up doll’s dream; SoundMine concert, Zwarte doos, Impulscentrum voor muziek, Neerpelt; Jonas Gedeshi (guitar)
  • 4 August: A portfolio of mirrors; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Human Coetzee (violoncello)
  • 4 August: Elegies after the death of Nelson Mandela; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Elmarie van der Vyver (viola), Mathilda Hornsveld (piano)
  • 12 September: Elegies after the death of Nelson Mandela; South African viola day concert, St Mary’s DSG; Elmarie van der Vyver (viola), Mathilda Hornsveld (piano)
  • 18 September: Child’s play – three easy pieces based on the C major scale; National eisteddfod academy festival, Crawford Preparatory school hall; Sanuri Naidoo (piano)
  • 5 August: Une dédicace musicale; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; György Sándor Fazakas (flute)
  • 5 August: A witch’s tale; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Joe Murphy (alto saxophone), Matthew Slotkin (guitar) [Duo Montagnard]
  • 20 October: Permutationen for percussion and string quartet; Composers national collegium, Musaion, University of Pretoria; Magda de Vries (percussion), Lizelle le Roux (1st violin), Jacques Fourie (2nd violin), Violeta Miljikovic (viola), Maren du Plessis (violoncello) [Epoch string quartet]
  • 21 October: Permutationen for percussion and string quartet; Composers national collegium, Musaion, University of Pretoria; Magda de Vries (percussion), Lizelle le Roux (1st violin), Jacques Fourie (2nd violin), Violeta Miljikovic (viola), Maren du Plessis (violoncello) [Epoch string quartet]
  • 16 November: Permutationen for percussion and string quartet; Composers national collegium, Fismer hall, University of Stellenbosch; Magda de Vries (percussion), Lizelle le Roux (1st violin), Jacques Fourie (2nd violin), Violeta Miljikovic (viola), Maren du Plessis (violoncello) [Epoch string quartet]
  • 7 May: Visions d’esquisses par temps de neige; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; György Sándor Fazakas (flute)
  • 8 May: Visions d’esquisses par temps de neige; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; André Oosthuizen (flute)
  • 23 October: You are my heartbeat (Du bist mein Herzschlag); South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Rachelle Elmes-Wessels (piano)
  • 23 October: Stefans Grové 90 Jubileum; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Ockie Vermeulen (organ)
  • 23 December: Een Zoon is ons gegeven; Kerstconcert Groesbeeks, NH Kerk Groesbeek, The Netherlands; Groesbeeks gemengd koor (conductor: Eugène Ceulemans)
  • 18 October: Spleen; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Annari van Jaarsveld (soprano), Andrew Munro (1st violin), Landi van Wyk (2nd violin), Ian Grewar (viola), Matthys Coetzee (violoncello)
  • 18 October: …jy die pad…; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Elsabé Louw (soprano), Andrew Munro (piano), Belinda Latsky-Campbell (clarinet), Kobus Dippenaar (bassoon)
  • 18 October: Verwerkings van korale uit die Liedboek van die kerk; South African music concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Gerrit Jordaan (organ)
  • 25 October: Spleen; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Leonor van der Merwe (flute), Carli d’Alebout (1st violin), Elsabé Nortjé (2nd violin), Ian Grewar (viola), Matthys Coetzee (violoncello)
  • 11 September: …jy die pad…; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Elsabé Louw (soprano), Andrew Munro (piano), Belinda Latsky-Campbell (clarinet), Janelize van der Merwe (bassoon)
  • 11 September: Suite for piano and violoncello II; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Human Coetzee (violoncello), Andrew Munro (piano)
  • 3 October: …jy die pad…; Fresh connections, Miriam Makeba theatre, University of South Africa; Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor), Mark Troop (piano), Jonathan Truscott (violin), Ben Hess (violoncello) [Chamber music company of London]
  • 8 May: Suite for piano and violoncello I; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Human Coetzee (violoncello), Andrew Munro (piano)
  • 8 May: You are my most beautiful dream (Du bist mein schönster Traum); Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Jaco Meyer (piano)
  • 20 May: You are my most beautiful dream (Du bist mein schönster Traum); Noot for moot concert, Rietondale primary; Jaco Meyer (piano)
  • 6 September: Suite for piano and violoncello I; Young composers concert, School of music and conservatory, North-West University; Human Coetzee (violoncello), Mareli van Onselen (piano)

Recordings

Studio, live, and MIDI recordings (sound and video) of the majority of compositions are available. The recordings of each composition is indicated on the individual pages of the compositions. Recordings can also be accessed through my YouTube channel. Please contact me if you have any queries about recordings.

Music Scores

Professional music scores and parts of all listed compositions are available from the composer at affordable prices/for free. Please click here to order scores. An example of music scores can be seen here.

SAMRO

Jaco is a member of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) that administers the performing rights of his compositions, royalties, and sells music scores.