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.
Au commencement was written for De Tweede Adem (2nd Breath) under the direction of Maarten Van Ingelgem. Comment le monde fut créé d'une goutte de lait is a creation story of the Fulani, people who live in Mali, among others. As the composition shows, milk is central in their culture.
Paul Steegmans wrote a simple religious work: Ego sum panis, suitable for liturgy or concert.
Ego sum vitis vera (I am the true vine) is a communion song. The beautiful text inspired the composer to create a composition with a drive and a storyline through a play between male and female choir, surrounded by flowing and natural lines and uplifting sound auras. Rhythmically, this is not an easy piece, but once the score is mastered, the fruits are all the sweeter.
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.
An accessible four-part motet written for the European Music Festival of Youth, Neerpelt in 1977.
Maarten Van Ingelgem (°1976) took his inspiration from the African Lamtietie Damtietie. The author of the text, Cornelis Jacob Langenhoven (1873-1932), is regarded as one of Africa’s best-known writers and, as a member of parliament, campaigned tirelessly for Afrikaans to be an official language in South Africa. The poetic text was expressed in an evocative contemporary lullaby for a children's, youth or women's choir that is not intimidated by chants and whistles. Dedicated to Ida & Ellis, daughters of Van Ingelgem.
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.
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 in unison): Listen by Kurt Bikkembergs (° 1963).
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).
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