I am not one of the great composers. All the great have produced enormously. There is everything in their work - the best and the worst, but there is always quantity. But I have written relatively little. - Maurice Ravel

If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances? - Charles Ives

Welcome to the website of Dutch classical composer Sander Vermeulen. Here you will find background information on the composer and his music, as well as free downloadable scores and recordings.

Started in 2013, this website will continue to be updated, in particular the Compositions and Recordings pages. Although the quote from Ravel above is very true, it nevertheless will take some time to list all the music here. Make sure to check the website regularly for new additions!

About Sander Vermeulen

Sander Vermeulen was born in Amsterdam on 3 September 1980, but within a few years his family moved to Nijmegen where he lived for 18 years.

In 1996, he was accepted at the Utrecht School of the Arts, where he studied classical composition under Marc van Vught and Henk Alkema. Sander graduated in 2001 with a perfomance of his Concert for piano and strings, among other pieces. During and after his studies in Utrecht several works were performed and recorded.

After graduation and working for different companies for a few years, Sander decided to make a career change and started studying Law at the University of Nijmegen, where he got his Masters degree in 2008. In the evenings and weekend he taught musical theory and composition at the Muziekschool Arnhem.

Currently, Sander Vermeulen is working as an intellectual property consulant and lives in Arnhem.


 Title Date Instrumentation Download sheet music
 Intermezzo nr. 1 op. 104 December 20, 2008 Pianopdf, 1217 Kb View notes
 Intermezzo nr. 2 op. 104 December 24, 2008 Pianopdf, 1055 Kb
 Intermezzo nr. 3 op. 104 February 25, 2009 Pianopdf, 1609 Kb
 Intermezzo nr. 4 op. 104 February 14, 2009 Pianopdf, 762 Kb
 Intermezzo nr. 5 op. 104 March 1, 2009 Pianopdf, 603 Kb
 Habanera September 30, 2009 Pianopdf, 575 Kb
 Chinese for Two September 27, 2007 Violin / Pianopdf, 1039 Kb
 Passepied January 23, 2007 Pianopdf, 540 Kb
 Three Similar Pieces in 2004 Clarinet (A) / Pianopdf, 4843 Kb
 Olifant & Muis February 11, 2001 4-hands Pianopdf, 2851 Kb
 Wandeling March 19, 1999 Flute solopdf, 749 Kb
 Prelude - Clarinet (Bb) / Pianopdf, 2562 Kb
 Divertimento August 31, 1997 Flute / Pianopdf, 3264 Kb
 Slapende Stad in 1996 Violin / Pianopdf, 1428 Kb
 Andante for Flute and Piano February 16, 1996 Flute / Pianopdf, 1042 Kb
 Preludes op. 64 September 1995 - September 2001 Pianopdf, 4118 Kb View notes

Prelude nr. 1 op.64 - Play - View notes

Prelude nr. 2 op.64 - Play

Prelude nr. 3 op 64 - Play

Live recording in the Concert Hall of Gebouw voor de Kunsten en Wetenschappen, Utrecht 1999
Sander Vermeulen, piano

Concerto for piano and strings op.82 (2nd movement) - Play

Concerto for piano and strings op.82 (3rd movement) - Play

Recorded in the Concert Hall of Gebouw voor de Kunsten en Wetenschappen, Utrecht 2001
Orchestra of students of the Utrecht Conservatory conducted by Simon Casali, solist: Patrick Barendregt, piano

Intermezzo nr.5 op.104 - Play

Live recording, Hilversum 2009
Linda Karman, piano

Requiem (First movement) - Play

Live recording, Nijmegen 2010
Audite Nova

Olifant & Muis (Elephant & Mouse, a musical tale) - Play - View notes

Recorded in Het Domein, Arnhem 2008
Mijntje Keijzer & Sharon Stewart, piano

Intermezzo op.77 - Play

Live recording in the Concert Hall of Gebouw voor de Kunsten en Wetenschappen, Utrecht
Peter Wijnen, piano

Intermezzo op.79 - Play

Live recording in the Concert Hall of Gebouw voor de Kunsten en Wetenschappen, Utrecht
Sander Vermeulen, piano

Here you will find all sorts of background information on the music of Sander Vermeulen. Structual analysis, stories behind the music, commentaries and all other texts that are in some way connected to the music.

Intermezzi op.104

About the music
The 5 Intermezzi op.104 were commissioned by pianist Linda Rijzewijk-Karman for a series of recitals. Also a song ("Adesso che lo fatto" op.105) has been composed for this particular recitals. The 5 Intermezzi are each very different in style and character. A common element is the frequent use of double-stops to color the melodic lines. This requires a certain level of technique from the player.

Some remarks
The middle part of the first Intermezzo has a quote from a famous piano concerto. If you can guess which one, you know which piano concerto is a big favorite of the person who requested these pieces.

The fouth Intermezzo consists of a theme followed by two variations. In each variation the theme is modified rhythmically and musically. The theme gave me a feeling of being lost and therefore this Intermezzo has the first verse of Dante Alighieri's Inferno as a motto.

Olifant & Muis

Story behind the music
Elephant is walking towards the house of his friend Mouse. It is quite a walk and he sees a lot of things along the way. When he arrives at his destination, he knocks on the door. Inside the house of Mouse, Mouse and several of his mouse-friends are celebrating his birthday. Mouse is a "jazzy" mouse. Elephant enters, walks around and sits down on Mouse, who is crushed to death. Elephant flees in panic and all the mice run after him.

Prelude nr.1 op.64

About the music
The Preludes op.64 were mostly written when I was 16 or 17 years old. They describe scenes from my life as it was then, scenes which are now, over 15 years later, not really important anymore and some I have even forgotten. Nonetheless, they are very strong pieces, with a lot of meaning and character. Sometimes I am amazed that I was able to write this at such a young age. The pieces date from just before I started my education at the Utrecht Conservatory.

Structural analysis
The first Prelude of the op.64 series is written in a simple ABA-form. The A-part extending from measure 1 to 22, the B-part from measure 23 to 41 and the recapitulation of the A-part from 42 to 53.

The first A-part is also divided into three parts. There is a simple melody of two times four measures (m. 1-4 and 5-8). This is followed by a contrasting 6 measure melody (m. 9-14), after which the first simple melody returns in octaves. Special note should be taken of the melody line in the lower notes of the left hand. This melody forms the basis of the B-part, where it is used as a countervoice upon which the more ritmical theme from the B-part is build.

The B-part is contrasting the A-part by using slightly more complex ritmical ideas. It is in three parts, the first theme in measure 23 to 28, which returns in measure 33 after a very short 4-measure interlude (m. 29-32).

From measure 43, the A-part material returns while keeping the ritmical elements from the B-part. Significantly shorter than the first A-part, this part sums up the important elements of the piece in a very short timeframe and combines all together.

Connection to the 5th Prelude
The last prelude of this series, written 5 years after, is also created on the melody line of the lower notes in the left hand of part A. In this closing episode, this melody is used as a "life-line" over and under which other melodies and countermelodies are placed. A reminisce of the melody of the A-part is given in measures 9 and 10. The ending briefly recalls the ending of the first prelude.