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Some of Čiurlionis' works translated for the carillon by Auke de Boer

Lithuanian landscape by Ciurlionis

Painting by Čiurlionis 'Triptych' - 1907. - tempera on paper




Auke de Boer organist, zittend voor het kerkorgel

Auke de Boer;

Auke de Boer  (1954) studied carillon with  Bernard Winsemius at the Dutch Carillon School.
He basically studied organ, conducting, school -, and churchmusic. 
Auke  is  city-carillonneur  to the town of Dokkum (Town Hall),
to the Groningen State University (Academy tower)
and since 2002 City’s Carillonneur to Groningen city,
playing the famous Hemony carillon (1662) of the 318 feet Martini tower (1482)  in Groningen as
he is the 20 th. carillonneur since 1525.

Auke playes concerts in Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA.

His other duties include teaching at the Liudger College in Drachten,
playing the organ of the Greater St. Martini’s in Dokkum, and the organ at the church in Kollumerzwaag.
For the Martini Carillon Foundation he has a special mandate to promote the Martini carillon, with special concerts and listening-contests for the young.  (


- ČIURLIONIS, Landscape and Colour Project -

Having bought an edition of the complete works of Čiurlionis at the Museum in Kaunas
Auke de Boer has made some arrangements for carillon to play on the concert-tour
as part of the Pažaislio Muzikos Festivalis in Kaunas and Vilnius, June 2017.

These pieces are now part of the repertoire Auke may perform during his regular concerts playing the bells of Dokkum Town Hall, the Academy Tower of the University of Groningen, or the Martini Tower in Groningen.


arrangement for carillon


arrangement for carillon 2


arrangement for carillon 3


arrangement for carillon 4


arrangement for carillon 5


arrangement for carillon 6


The number II and III; in a first rehearsal, here at the Dokkum (town hall) carillon:




When on a concert tour - invited by the Pažaislio Muzikos Festivalis making a beginning of an exchange between Dutch and Lithuanian musucians/artists, and as an opening moove to introduce Dutch 'beiaardiers' (carillon-players) to the carillons of Lithuania, we were a small group of four musicians:
Gerda Peters, Gijsbert kok, Bauke Reitsma, Auke de Boer and myself, Joseph J. Visser, as a composer/visual artist; 
I work together with Kestutis Vasiliunas as 'go between' of Dutch and Lithuanian artists ever since such initiative of Kestutis in 2009.
We had as series of exhibitions and projects in the Academy in Vilnius (where Kestutis has a post as a professor in the Book Arts department) and the Frysian Graphics Museum (where I had a post as a curator for some 13 years)

Bauke Reitsma, Auke de Boer and Joseph J. Visser made up the first group to play concerts:
- in Vilnius; Dominican church (a new, 2016, Royal Eijsbouts carillon; 5 octaves, 61 bells, B-flat0 C1 to C6)
- Kaunas; Vytautas-Museum (a Belgian, 1935 carillon, having been restaured and enlarged to the Royal Eijsbouts carillon of 2006).

I am not a player to the instrument.
I am happy to have my compositions performed by these two internationally renowned campanologists, as indeed it was at these concerts.

Bauke was new to Lithuania.

Auke had been there earlier,
having played the bells of the Kaunas carillon in 2014, as part of my lectures to the Academy of Arts.; he played Music of older Dutch composers, some of my work,a new piece by Danish artist Hanne Matthiesen and a piece by the Bulgarian composer Julia Tsenova.

I had been introduced to Lithuania by Kestutis Vasiliunas in 2009 when Vilnius was appointed
Cultural Capital of Europe
and I was a temp. lecturer to the Department of Book Arts
to the Vilnius Academy of Arts (erected 1793) – 
by my colleague in visual arts / the graphical arts, and book arts
Kestutis Vasiliunas;
we both specialize in artist's-books.


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