Recording by L1. Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg played on the World Music Contest in Kerkrade in 2017. Under the baton of their musical director Björn Bus they played in the Harmony section in the highest division, the 'Concert Division'. For their programme, the adjudicators awarded this project orchestra from Germany with a staggering 96,00 points. A score with distiction and only 0,5 point away from 2017's world champion Harmonie St. Petrus & Paulus Wolder-Maastricht.
The Garden of the Hesperides, by the Spanish composer José Suner Oriola is a tale of Greek mythology. Subject matter is provided by one of the ancient Greek Heracles narratives about betrayal, violence and flight. The demigod Hercules is enslaved by the king Eurystheus as a penance for the murder of the latter’s wife and children. Hercules must undergo a total of twelve superhuman labours, one of which is to steal the apples from the garden of the Hesperides. The work describes the beautiful and still far away garden of the goddess Hera. There stands a tree where golden apples grow with the promise of giving eternal youth.
The garden is guarded by three nymphs, the Hesperides, and Ladon, a hundred-headed dragon. When Hercules discovers the garden, after much journeying, he manages to convince the Titan Atlas to steal the apples for him by promising in future to carry the firmament in Atlas’ place. Atlas is forced to deceive his daughters, the Hesperides, who are deeply saddened by this betrayal. Consequently, Atlas slays the dragon, Ladon, who dies with a many-voiced scream. The looted apples he brings to Hercules, who then breaks his promise and cunningly escapes.
The Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg is a symphonic wind orchestra in Baden-Württemberg . It was founded in 1978 as a selection orchestra for committed musicians from the music associations of the Blasmusikverbands Baden-Württemberg , today it consists of 80 musicians from Baden-Württemberg and the neighboring states. The orchestra successfully participated in international musical competitions.
Björn Bus, was born in 1980 in Brunssum, in the southern part of the Netherlands, where his musical roots can be found. He began as a percussionist with the Harmonie Orkest Concordia Treebeek, before later taking up the trombone.
In 2004, Björn Bus completed his bachelor´s degree in conducting with honors with Alex Schillings at the Musikhochschule in Groningen. The same year, he devoted himself to his studies as a trombonist with Harrie Ries at the music conservatory in Maastricht. During 2005 and 2006, he studied baroque trombone with Wim Becu at the Musikhochschule in Aachen. His master´s degree in conducting, likewise with honors, was completed in 2011 with the internationally-renowned conductor Jan Cober at the conservatory in Maastricht.
His talent soon began to be noticed, and his participation in well-known conducting competitions brought him additional recognition. In 2005, he placed second at the EBBA (European Brass Band Association) competition in Groningen.
At the WMC (World Music Contest) in Kerkrade in 2009, he won the bronze baton, working together with ‘De Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine’.
Currently Björn Bus conducts the following bands: Orchestra of the Dutch Custums, State Symphonic Band of Baden-Württemberg, Windband St. Joseph Sittard, Royal Windband of Horst, Windband St. Jozef Kaalheide and the State Symphonic Youth Band of Limburg.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles).
Björn Bus often works together with well-known national and international bands. He is a sought-after guest conductor with the Rundfunk Blasorchester Leipzig, the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel ‘Johan Willem Friso’, the Banda Municipal Barcelona and the Symphonic Wind Band of the Conservatorium in Maastricht.
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