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.
El Grillo is typical of a frottola, a simple profane song in Italian and musical ancestor of the madrigal.
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).
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