Sing together share happiness! The World Choir Games in Flanders will attract hundreds of choirs from all over the world between 5 and 15 July 2020. An excellent opportunity for foreign choirs and their singers to get to know the excellent choral music from Flanders. One song will be heard everywhere in different settings (SAB, SATB, SSA, TBB, SS or unison): Listen by Kurt Bikkembergs (° 1963).
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.
Fortuna vitrea est is a three-part work with piano accompaniment based on a beautiful saying in Latin. Originally, this piece was written for SSA, but has not yet been performed in that line-up. Especially for Koor&Stem, Vigdis reworked the piece into a version for SAB with piano, the existing material shaped a brand new piece. The composer wrote a number of pages around the text Fortuna vitrea est tum cum splendit (Happiness is like glass, when it is at its shiniest...) only to unleash onto the audience the pointe frangitur (it breaks) in short notes in the last bar as a finale of the piece.
Ludo Claesen wrote Domine non est exaltatum (psalm 131) for a colloquium in August 2016. The feasibility for an average church choir was an important criterion.
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.
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