Maria is the only one living on the ground floor.
She has a little garden the size of a stamp,
a little isle of green in a surrounding sea of concrete.
Bottom left, next to the entrance,
Maria is the keynote of the building.
The ringtone of the flat’s intercom sounds like an E,
so Maria embodies the E in the composition of the Introit.
With a golden canine
and a good sense of Haguean humor,
she conquers everybody’s heart.
Gerard is an evangelist at heart.
For years, he preached all day along the streets of The Hague
to find himself a spot to sleep in one of the city’s night shelters.
Until he was assigned an apartment in this block.
His flat has a practical set up.
With a few pieces of furniture, a beer and his dog Spikey
he makes himself at home.
Gerard lives on the third floor,
and embodies the A in the Introit,
three tones up the scale of E major.
Ilonka has set up a grooming station in the extra bedroom
of her first floor apartment.
It is for her dog, Chanel.
Ilonka’s bright red hairdo
reveals it’s better not mess with her.
One step higher in the scale of E major,
she represents the F# in the Introïtus.
Coby lives on the top floor, the eleventh.
She represents the high B in the Introit.
When the days lace themselves together and there is not much to do,
Coby boards line 1 and rides the tram all the way to the end — and back.
“It’s the most wonderful drive through The Hague,
and you can meet some other folks.”
The composition of the Introit was inspired by the architecture of the building.
The musical key was deducted from the ringtone of the flat, that sounds like an E.
Since this ringtone can be heard all day in the entrance of the block,
Timo and Noami took this as an invitation to compose the Introit accordingly.
The block can be seen as a scale: starting with the keynote E on the ground floor,
every next floor is translated as the next note in the scale of E major.
Like this, Maria, living at the base, represents the E,
Ilonka on the first floor the F#, Willem on the second the G#,
Gerard on the third the A and Coby, at last, on the eleventh floor, represents the B.
Five inhabitants, living on five floors, determining the five chords of which the song consists.
Willem regularly walks up and down the gallery.
He lives in the middle of the second floor,
the G# in the scale of E.
Willem keeps an eye on his neighbors,
“before you know it, someone lies down in the hall”.
When he stays inside his house too long, he thinks of his wife,
that he misses her.
The Swarovski-figurines that she collected throughout her life
are still on the dresser.
Ilonka, who lives one floor down, gives him a call from time to time.
“Then we have a little talk.”