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 Veni Sancte Spiritus Frank Agsteribbe combines pure Gregorian chant with simple homophonic settings into a tasteful whole.
Vecchie letrose is a villanscha. Willaert wrote fifteen of these kind of songs. Vecchie letrose is still very popular. Since it is very short, it is usually sung several times in succession, sometimes interspersed with instrumental versions. The text is spoken/sung by a lover who makes fun of the envious old women, under whose care the girl in love is placed.
This beautiful five-part chanson was first published in 1544.
With Tegen het zwijgen,Hans Helsen (born 1989) completely contradicts the expression ‘Speech is silver, silence is golden’. The text of Jos Stroobants conveys new truths: ‘Schrijf ...dat kilte ons slechts haalt en ons vermaalt tot niets wanneer we zwijgen.’ (Write ... so that the cold only gets us and grinds us to nothing when we are silent). As such, Helsen gets his female choir to sing almost continuously, with the exception of a few accurately placed resting moments. An evolving recurring motif through the various voices gives structure and credibility to composition and text content. Beautiful and interesting composition for women's choir.
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.
This mass has no exact composition date and originated somewhere between 1450 and 1480.
Jan Van der Roost's Rorate Coeli was first published in 2009. It's an excellent work of easy to moderate difficulty.
Repleatur os meum is a fresh choral work on psalm texts for two equal voices. It was written in 1969 and used in 1970 for the European Music Festival for Young People in Pelt (EMJ) in the Wimpel series. Repleatur os meum is a choir song that can be enjoyed by both the choir and the public.
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.
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