Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging is a well-known pilgrim's song from Eichsfeld (Niedersachsen) that has been sung as an Advent song since the 20th century.
Norbert Rosseau wrote about six masses. This Missa in honorem spiritus sancti is dedicated to Noel Van Wambeke and Pros Goethals, the conductors of the cathedral choir in Ghent. This work is in Latin, later Rosseau would also write church music for them in Dutch.
Beata viscera was written in 2005 for the choral scores we published with the magazine Stemband of Koor&Stem. It is an easy and appealing composition in which all voices are assigned an interesting line.
Diederik Glorieux adapted two lamentations and the closing Turkish cradle song from his work Plainte especially for our website Choral Music from Flanders to Two laments and Lullaby. He reduced the score to a mixed choir and organ so that a choir can also sing the work in other circumstances, without the specific instrumentation and the original link of the Plainte to J.S. Bach's Actus Tragicus.
From Dufay, the profane song l'homme armé would become one of the most beloved cantus firmi. It originated in the second half of the 15th century. The popular melody has been used in more than thirty masses during the Renaissance period, of which the ones in Dufay, Ockeghem and Busnois are the earliest in the series. Jacob Obrecht paid tribute to his teacher Antoine Busnois by copying his composition of this melody as cantus firmus identically in his Missa l'homme armé.
This mass has no exact composition date and originated somewhere between 1450 and 1480.
Heinrich Isaac visited Innsbruck at least three times. In September 1484, 1500 and 1501. He therefore also had to leave the city several times. At least two versions of the song are known, for different occasions.
Laudate Dominum by Sebastiaan van Steenberge is a challenge for an amateur choir and a refreshing liturgical work.
Especially for one of Koor&Stem's repertoire days Sebastiaan Van Steenberge wrote a Christmas song that immediately appealed to all participants. A three-part, simple gem on the famous text In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rosetti.
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