Having progressed my compositions to a writing for a full symphony orchestra, I was commissioned to write small opera, with a libretto written by a12 year old girl in Dutch street slang.
I enjoyed putting words to music so much, I decided to write a full opera. I asked several writers I knew to write me a libretto, but after waiting a year, I wrote the words as I went along myself.
This gave me great pleasure, so a few years later, I decided to write words without music. So started my first novel.
Counterpoint in Three Parts, Reflexions on the Life and Loves of a Musician
The novel is about a young jazz musician who tours a lot, playing at most of the jazz festivals around Europe. He has affairs with three very different women.
The structure apes that of a string quartet, divided into three movements, with each woman having her own theme, and movement, but interacting each with each other in counterpoint.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Berforts Group Ltd (October 1, 2011)
- ISBN-10: 1908616032
- ISBN-13: 978-1908616036
This novel is a cross between a love story and an adventure. It features a young painter who goes to Paris to further his development. There he meets and falls in love with an unconventional young girl from a wealthy family who is also a painter.
The Algerian War is going on at the time, and they are dragged into the plotting that is prevalent in Paris. They sympathise with the different sides, which leads to their conflict and destroys their relationship.
- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Berforts Group Ltd (July 9, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 1908616156
- ISBN-13: 978-1908616159