Almost all works by Hayne Van Ghizeghem are three-part pieces. The chanson Allez regrets was so popular in late 15th century Europe that it appears in no fewer than 25 separate sources. The chansons were used as source material in many later works by other composers.
Matona mia cara is a warm-blooded, promising and somewhat flat soldier song. Sometimes it is wrongly thought that this is a Maria song, but in reality it is about a soldier trying to seduce a beautiful lady.
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.
With Domine Deus in simplicitate, Ludo Claesen takes us to Gregorian chant. The beginning of the composition refers to the original melody of the Gregorian hymn. Claesen does not literally copy the melody line, but retains the idea behind the practice: the melismatic singing or in other words, the singing of several notes on a syllable.
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.
Paul Steegmans wrote a simple religious work: Ego sum panis, suitable for liturgy or concert.
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.
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