vocal music


2019 Seven Divine Meditations

Choir SATB

Duration: 20' ca
Text: John Donne
1. Thou hast made me (after Psalm 6)
2. I am a little world made cunningly (after Psalm 143)
3. Oh, to vex me (after Psalm 32)
4. Since she whom I loved (after Psalm 38)
5. As due by many titles I resign myself to thee (after Psalm 130)
6. Batter my heart (after Psalm 102)
7. Death, be not proud (after Psalm 150)


The composition of Seven Divine Meditations was made financially possible through the generosity one of the choristers of the amateur choir TIEN, conducted by Christian Winter. This ensemble gave the first performance in March 2019 in the choral concert series Couleur Vocale in the Walonian Church in Amsterdam. 

2018 Utrechts Requiem: In Paradisum (Chamber version)

4 solo voices, clarinet, violoncello and harp

Duration: 6' ca
Kamermuziekversie van deel VIII: In Paradisum van het Utrechts Requiem 2018
Tekst: Herman van Tongerloo

2018 Utrechts Requiem: In Paradisum

Choir SATB, clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quintet, harp, timpani

Duration: 6' ca
Part VIII of the 'Utrechts Requiem 2018' for the NEON Choir & Ensemble Insomnio
Text: Herman van Tongerloo

2017d Utrechts Requiem: Sanctus (chamber version)

4 solo voices, clarinet, violoncello and harp

Duration: 6'30
Chamber version of Part IV of the 'Utrecht Requiem 2017', for the soloists from Dutch Chamber Choir and Ensemble Insomnio
Text: Herman van Tongerloo / trad. Gregorian

2017c Utrechts Requiem: Introïtus (chamber version)

4 solo voices (with optional percussion), clarinet, violoncello and harp

Duration: 6'30
Chamber version of Part I of the 'Utrecht Requiem 2017', for the soloists from Dutch Chamber Choir and Ensemble Insomnio
Text: Herman van Tongerloo / trad. Gregorian

2017b Utrechts Requiem: Sanctus

Choir SATB, clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quintet, harp, timpani (and optional children's voices in soprano range)

Duration: 5'35
Part I of the 'Utrecht Requiem 2017', for the Dutch Chamber Choir and Ensemble Insomnio
Text: Herman van Tongerloo / trad. Gregorian

2017a Utrecht Requiem: Introïtus

Choir SATB, clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quintet, harp, timpani (and optional children's voices in soprano range)

Duration: 6'30
Part I of the 'Utrecht Requiem 2017', for the Dutch Chamber Choir and Ensemble Insomnio
Text: Herman van Tongerloo / trad.

2016h Aan de Bruid [To the Bride]

Five Ingmar Heytze poems for mezzo-soprano, violin, clarinet, viola and cello

Duration: ca. 13'
Written for the Arto Ensemble: Rosina Fabius (mezzo-soprano), Nancy Braithwaite (clarinet), Amarins Wierdsma (violin), Prunella Pacey (viola), Guus Fabius (cello)to celebrate 20 years of Kromme Rijn Concerten. The composer and the Arto Ensemble gratefull acknowledge the financial support of the Elise Mathilde Fonds, the KF Hein Fonds and the Provinciaal Utrechts Genootschap voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen (PUG). Listen?

2014c Deep River - funk version

low mezzo-soprano or alto, two violins, viola, cello, double bass and percussion

Duration: 4'
Written for singer Nora Fisher and Fuse, première Concertgebouw, Tracks Thankgiving concerts November 26 & 27 2014

2013b Danse Macabre

Mezzo-soprano, tenor saxophone and marimba

Duration: 8'
Written for Karin Strobos (mezzo-soprano) and the Duo Sax & Stix (Eva van Grinsven, saxophone and Ramon Lormans, percussion) Premiere: Amsterdam, Grachtenfestival, August 25 2013 in the Compagnietheater.
text: W.H. Auden

2011b Mein Kind, wir waren Kinder, zwei Kinder klein und froh...

Song for (mezzo)soprano, baritone and piano

Duration: 3'
Two-part version of a one-part original
Text: Heinrich (Harry) Heine

2010 Bergidylle

soprano, clarinet and piano

Duration: ca. 25'
Narrative song cycle in three movements for soprano, clarinet and piano on three poems ‘Aus der Harzreise’ (1824) by Heinrich Heine Written for the Trio Amare: Sabine Wuethrich, soprano, Céleste Zewald, clarinet, Daniel Kramer, piano. Written with financial support of the trio itself.
Text: Heinrich Heine

2009b Mein Kind, wir waren Kinder, zwei Kinder klein und froh...

Song for (mezzo)soprano and piano

Duration: 3'
For Mascha, Thierry and the members of Winfried
Text: Heinrich ('Harry') Heine

2006d
The Lamb & The Tyger

Chamber choir SATB

Duration: 8'
Arrangement for mixed chamber choir of The Lamb & The Tyger for female choir (1999b), originally written for 'Klein Vrouwenkoor Orpheus', cond. Albert Wissink.
tekst: William Blake

2004b Sic accensa profatur (Dido’s Complaint)

Song for soprano, accompanied by violin and piano

Duration: 7'
For prof. dr. Daan den Hengst, commissioned by the University of Amsterdam's Dept. of Classical Studies.
Tekst: Vergil, Aenid IV 362 - 392

1999d Tiny Web

Canon for 4 voices

Duration: ad lib.
text: W.W. van Nieuwkerk

1999c Utrecht Mirror of Saints / Utrechtse Heiligenspiegel

(double) mixed choir, children's choir and chamber orchestra/ string quartet; parts arranged for carillon, brass quartet and percussion
Movements: see program note

Duration: 60'
For the Monteverdi Chamber Choir, Cathedral Youth Choir, Choir of the Dom Cathedral, commissioned by Cittá della Musica, 1st perf. Utrecht, Jacobi Church
Text: Andries Govaart

1999b The Lamb & The Tyger

Diptych for female choir/ mixed (youth)choir

Duration: 8'
For 'Klein Vrouwenkoor Orpheus', cond. Albert Wissink
text: William Blake

1998b O Nederlanden

solo voices SSATB, recorder (also gamba), cyther (also percussion), percussion (also gamba), 5 winds, (zinc, pommer, cornetto, 2 trombones) Movements: see program note

Duration: 15'
Performed during the national celebration of the Munster Treaty (1648) 1998 in de Ridderzaal in The Hague, by Camerata Trajectina and Ensemble Oltremontano. Commissioned by the Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal
tekst: anoniem 17e eeuw

1997 The Vision

Mixed choir and orchestra

Duration: 15'
Voor Toonkunstkoor Utrecht (Utrecht Choral Society), cond. Jos Vermunt, 1st. perf. Muziekcentrum Vredenburg Utrecht
Tekst: William Blake

1995c Iocundemur socii

Choir SATB

Duration: 4'
For the Dutch International Choral Festival Arnhem 1995
Text: Medieval anon. (Carmina Burana)

1995b The Lamb & The Tyger

Diptych for mezzosoprano and jazz orchestra (to be published)

Duration: 8'
1st perf. VPRO-Radio/IJsbreker, Amsterdam, Big Band of the Hilversum Conservatory, cond. Erik van Lier, zang: Christa Lips
Tekst: William Blake

1995a Hymnen

choir SATB, clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quintet, harp, timpani (and optional children's voices in soprano range)

Duration: 15'
For the choir of St. Caecilia's Church, Houten, cond. Evert Wachter, commissioned by the Dutch Saint Gregory Foundation
Text: 5 Latin liturgical texts

1994b Bye Day, Bye Night

children's choir and piano (or small orchestra)

Duration: 15'
For Children's Choir De Kickers, 1st perf. Purmerend, commissioned by the Educational Service of the Province Noord-Holland
Text: Mariëlle van Kilsdonk

1992d Do not go gentle into that good night

male choir 2-4 voices ad lib

Duration: 4'
For the Canoldir Male Choir, 1st perf. Wales, Presteigne Festival
Text: Dylan Thomas

1992c Motetus X

male choir

Duration: 9'
Commissioned by SNK/Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst (with ‘Do not go gentle’)
Text: Shakespeare

1985a First Things First

Dance opera: three dansers, three singers, three electrical guitarists, three percussionists

Duration: 70'
1st perf.: Amsterdam, Shaffy Theater, Company
Choreography: Marjolein van Nieuwkerk
Text by the composer

1984b Very Nicely

Four songs for mezzo-soprano or baritone and piano (also arr. for sopr., fl., guit. / sopr., fl., guit., and harp)

Duration: 7'
Text: e.e. cummings'