COMPOSITIONS & ARRANGEMENTS

Over the years I have more and more found or taken time to create a number of compositions and arrangements. A number of them have been performed, others will be premiered next year. Thirteen pieces pieces have so far been edited by Cantando in Stavanger and my most recent composition by Ferrimontana. More choral music is edited under my personal label Voce Bella - you can roam through the list, see score exerpts and listen to some audio files.

Update 1: Premier performance

On Sunday 25th Nov 18 the female choir EMBLA from Trondheim gave a concert in the church of Röros, a Norwegian UNESCO world heritage site, and premiered my MISSA BREVIS and MAGNIFICAT which are both published by Cantando.

Update 2: German Reqiem

Some days ago my German Requiem for choir a cappella was published by the German Publisher Ferrimontana. I had been working on this composition for over two years with a longer break because of other composition projects. But at last it was completed! I add the preface (which still has to be translated, I am sorry...) and the texts I chose. The score can be ordered at  Ferrimontana

Update 3: 15th International Choral Competition Maribor (Slowenia)

Embla

At the renownded International Choral Competition in Maribor (Slowenia) from 12 to 14 April 2019 EMBLA from Norway are competing in the section "female choirs" and have chosen the "Gloria" from my MISSA BREVIS as the contemporary piece - I am most delighted and press my thumbs for the wonderful ladies! - Also see EMBLA

CHORAL MUSIC

This is a shortlist of my choral works which I present here:

1. SACRED MUSIC

An Irish Blessing - Ave Maria - Deutsches Requiem - Laudate Dominum (SATB & SSAA) - Lux aeterna (SSAA) - Magnificat (SSAA) - Missa Brevis (SSAA)

2. SONG ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADVENT AND CHRITMAS

Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen - Es kommt ein Schiff - Lulajze Jezuniu - Macht hoch die Tür - Maria durch ein Dornwald ging - Wie soll ich dich empfangen

3. SECULAR MUSIC

Abendlied - Daffodils - Fear no more the heat of the sun - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

4. FOLKSONG ARRANGEMENTS

Kein schöner Land - Nachtigall, wie sangst du so schön - Ned i vester soli glader - Til lags at alle

5. ROCK&SCHLAGER-ARRANGEMENTS

Careless love - Hey Jude - If you want to sing out - Rote Lippen soll man küssen - Über den Wolken

1. SACRED CHORAL MUSIC

An Irish Blessing

An Irish Blessing was composed three years ago and is set for the rare but attractive combination of Alto solo, mixed choir and two violins. It is dedicated to the Duo Gelland und the Wilmersdorfeer Kammerchor and was premied by them in the concert "Let us fly" in 2016. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

  1. An Irish Blessing (Jael Kriener, alto - Cecilia und Martin Gelland, violins - Wilmersdorfer Kammerchor)

Ave Maria

The Ave Maria for mixed choir is one of my earliest compositions. (Edition Voce Bella).

Deutsches Requiem

The Deutsche Requiem für Chor a cappella is edited in Germany by Ferrimontana and now awaits its premier performance. The score can be studied and ordered at Ferrimontana. The following audio flie is of movement Nr. 5 ("Life is a short moment")

  1. Leben ist ein Augenblick (Vokalensemble Cantico Nuvo)

Laudate Dominum SATB

The Laudate Dominum for mixed choir I composed during the summer holidays in Sweden. It was premiered by the Matthäuskantorei Steglitz on 1st Advent 2018. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

  1. Bährens - Laudate Dominum (Matthäuskantorei Steglitz 2.12.2018)
     

Laudate Dominum SSAA

The Laudate Dominum for female chor I composed in spring 2018 in Berlin and has been published by Cantando recently. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

Lux aeterna

The Lux aeterna for female choir I also composed in spring 2018 in Berlin. It is dedicated to EMBLA in Trondheim and has recently been published by Cantando. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

Magnificat

The Magnificat for female choir was published by Cantando in January 2018. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

  1. Bährens - MAGNIFICAT (EMBLA dir. Norunn Giske), concert premier 25 Nov 18 in Röros

Missa Brevis

The Missa Brevis for female choir I composed in 2017. It is dedicated to the internationally renowned choir EMBLA (Trondheim) and their conductor Norunn Illevold Giske and was premiered by them last November. The Missa (appr. 12 minutes and without the Credo) combines plainsong and organum from the middle-ages with modern sounds; it was the first piece Cantando choose for their portfolio. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

  1. Bährens - MISSA BREVIS - Kyrie (EMBLA dir. Norunn Giske), concert premier 25 Nov 18 in Röros

  2. Bährens - MISSA BREVIS - Gloria (EMBLA dir. Norunn Giske), concert premier 25 Nov 18 in Röros

  3. Bährens - MISSA BREVIS - Sanctus (EMBLA dir. Norunn Giske), concert premier 25 Nov 18 in Röros

  4. Bährens - MISSA BREVIS - Benedictus (EMBLA dir. Norunn Giske), concert premier 25 Nov 18 in Röros

  5. Bährens - MISSA BREVIS - Agnus Dei (EMBLA dir. Norunn Giske), concert premier 25 Nov 18 in Röros

ADVENT and CHRISTMAS SONGS

Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen

Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen is a four-part arrangemt of a German Advent song.

 

Es kommt ein Schiff

Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen is an Arrangemnt of a very old and traditional German Advent song.

Lulajze Jezuniu

Lulajze Jezuniu is a popular Polish Christmas song for mixed choir a cappella and was recently published by Cantando. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

  1. Lulajze Jezuniu (Wilmersdorfer Kammerchor)

Macht hoch die Tür

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

The old German Advent song Maria durch ein Dornwald I originally set for three-part male choir but also made a version for female choir, dedicated to EMBLA in Trondheim.

  1. Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (male choir version / Gentlemen of the Wilmersdorfer Kammerchor)

Wie soll ich dich empfangen

Wie soll ich dich empfangen Advent song for mixed choir a cappella on a text by Paul Gerhardt and a melody by Johann Crüger.

WELTLICHE CHORMUSIK

Abendlied

Abendlied is my earliest free secular composition on a text by Ulrich Wiesjahn.

Daffodils

Daffodils is a partsong for mixed choir a cappella on a famous poem by William Wordsworth. The composition is dedicated to Jo Miller and the Westminster Choir (Princeton, USA).

Fear no more the heat of the sun

This setting of a text by Shakespeare came to life in the summer holidays 2018 in Sweden and is composed for the unusual combination of choir and two violins. It is dedicated to the Duo Gelland and the Wilmersorfer Kammerchor, will be premiered by them in November 2019 in the concert "Let us fly again" and has recently been published by Cantando. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

This setting of Shakespeare's famous Sonett XVIII I composed in the summer holidays 2018 in Sweden. It will be premiered in November 2019 by the Wilmersdorfer Kammerchor in their concert project "Let us fly again" with the internationally renowned Duo Gelland. It has recently been publshed by Cantando. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

4. VOLKSLIED-BEARBEITUNGEN

Kein schöner Land

Kein schöner Land is one of the most poular German folksongs; this arrangement was among my first set of choral pieces published by Cantando. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando .

  1. Kein schöner Land zu dieser Zeit (arr.) - Wilmersdorfer Kammerchor

Nachtigall

Nachtigall, wie sangst du so schön is another folksong arrangement for mixed choir a cappella with the same melody as "Muss i denn".

  1. Nachtigall, wie sangst du so schön (Wilmersdorfer Kammerchor und Kammerchor Berlin)

Ned i vester soli glader

This setting of one of the most popular Norwegian folksongs I created in April 2018 on the Baltic island Hiddensee; it is dedicated to EMBLA and has recently been published by Cantando. If you wish to have a look at the full demo score (PDF) contact me by Kontakt. You can pass an order at  Cantando . Four ladies of EMBLA were so kind to make a shorthand recording as a demo.

  1. Nedi vester soli glader - (EMBLA members: Ingrid Synnøve Østvang, Kjersti Østerås, Hanne Bæverfjord, Camilla Rusten)

Til lags åt alle

This Norwegian folksong I arranged in autumn 2018 in the composing holidays on the Baltic island Hiddensee. It will be published by Cantando soon.

5. ROCK- und SCHLAGER-ARRANGEMENTS

Careless Love

This song I arranged for female choir, Viola and cello. It was first performed by students of Beethoven Gymnasium Berlin.

Hey Jude

This Beatles arrangents has already been perfomed several times by students of Beethoven Gymnasium Berlin.

If you want to sing out

This Cat Stevens arrangement I composed for the wedding of two wonderful friends.

Rote Lippen soll man küssen

This German Schlager from the sixties I arranged for my choir at Beethoven Gymnasium Berlin.

The Rose

Ein Arrangement für den Großen Chor des Beethoven-Gymnasiums für die Sommerkonzerte 2019

6. VERMISCHTES

Geburtstags-Kanon

Dieser Kanon entstand 1992 in einer Probenpause in Pottenstein auf der traditionellen Musikfahrt des Beethoven-Gymansiums.