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Joep Franssens - A Dutch Composer


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« on: March 18, 2013, 11:31:48 am »

Rather for a long time on YT already: Joep Franssens' Grace

I realised I had this on one of my harddisks for some time, but gave it not the attention I should have.
Modern orchestral music of great beauty IMHO.

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 06:49:46 pm »

Why Franssen's incredibly beautiful music is not far better known totally eludes me Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 07:45:03 pm »

"Grace" could easily be called 'The Sea' I think. In another work of his,Joep Franssens lets a chorus and orchestra sound like the Universe":  You should try "Harmony of the Spheres".

 


and there is also: Magnificat  (soprano,chorus and orchestra)
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 07:55:11 pm »

Thank you so much for drawing this to my attention Smiley Smiley

The first work of Franssens I encountered was "Bridge of Dawn"-which is just breathtakingly beautiful. When I first heard it-expecting nothing, except some modern-sounding Dutchman's music-I was totally astounded. The combination of a sort of Mahlerian sound-world updated is just jaw-droppingly gorgeous Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 08:12:19 pm »

Very beautiful indeed! Many thanks from me as well, Roelof Smiley Simply gorgeous Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 08:15:42 pm »

I have also found another orchestral piece by Franssens on You Tube: "Roaring Rotterdam" Smiley

All now downloaded Grin Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 09:50:19 pm »

He has, as you might expect, a website, which I've found pretty informative; gives an idea of where to look out for upcoming performances, and info. of what's to be found on-line.
Having a Franssens evening at the end of a long day's work - a recommended wind-down !
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013, 01:39:05 am »

Those attuned to the Franssens idiom should not be put off by the title "Roaring Rotterdam" Grin

Franssen's definition of "roaring" has nothing leonine about it Grin Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2013, 10:14:31 pm »

I had not previously downloaded "Harmony of the Spheres" for mixed choir and string orchestra......but am doing so now Smiley

It lasts for 63 minutes.

I need some balm tonight. I have just heard that a school headteacher I knew quite well has drowned after his sledge overshot out onto a frozen lake and went through the ice. He clung on for 20 minutes with his wife and children watching but the lake is so remote that the rescue services could not arrive in time. Utterly heartbreaking Sad Sad Sad
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