Michaël Vancraeynest (°1976) wrote Tell the Lord how thankful you are for the colloquium for liturgical music that took place in Vaalbeek in August 2016. Vancraeynest's work is a setting of Psalm 118 for two equal voices and piano. The psalm opens in unison with a cheerful melody, which is then repeated with the addition of a counter voice. The middle section changes in text and key. Smooth composition for equal voices choirs who are looking for liturgical repertoire.
Spring by Noah Thys is an excerpt from Seasonal Snapshots: Japanese Haiku Cycle for mixed choir SAATBB on English translations of haikus by Japanese poets throughout history. The complete cycle consists of 5 parts; in addition to the seasons, the night is also sung about. You can already get to know the third part on Koorklank.
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.
Lara Denies is currently studying composing at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp under, among others, the tutelage of Wim Henderickx and Steven Prengels. She also takes Conducting taught by Luc Anthonis as an elective.
With the piece What is your substance, whereof are you made she won the first edition of the Composition Contest Vic Nees in 2020 (category conservatories).
In 2016 Stijn Dierckx composed the suite Phenomenae Naturae for SATB and piano, where five natural phenomena are portrayed through texts of British and American authors. Luce Prima was written as an addition to and the beginning of Phenomenae Naturae. It portrays the sunrise and nature’s awakening.
This composition has as only text different sorts of fruit in English. Throughout the piece, the salad is prepared by the way of singing in the choir, but also by a percussionist who cuts the pieces in a rythmical way. In the ultimate minutes of the composition, the choir eats the fruit salad. Voices disappear one by one, untill the bowl of fruit salad is empty.
Studying and performing A lullaby not only gives great pleasure in singing, but is also excellent for practicing and experiencing some important aspects of choral singing in detail, partly due to the slow pace. Interpreting the text plays a major role in this song: be aware of word expression, pronunciation and sound.
Raymond Schroyens wrote a charming song on a text by the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 - 1796). The soft melody roams through all voices. Meanwhile, My love is widely known among choirs at home and abroad.
Let down the bars, O Death! is a sensitive composition. The work reflects the sad atmosphere of the text by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886). It is a short, expressive and rather easy work that will appeal to many mixed choirs. In the compilation Songs and Song Cycles for mixed Choir a cappella on English and American poetry, published by Musikproduktion Höflich in Munich in 2013 you will find many other beautiful work by Coryn.
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