In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Rene Clausen's has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota since 1986. Additionally, he is the artistic director of the award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation.
Rene Clausen is a well-known composer. His compositional style is varied and eclectic, ranging from works appropriate for high school and church choirs to more technically-demanding compositions for college and professional choirs. Interested in composing for various media, Clausen's compositional interests include works for the stage, solo voice, film and video composition, choral/orchestral compositions and arrangements, as well as works for orchestra and wind ensemble. He regularly composes on a commission basis, and is a frequent guest conductor and composer-in-residence on a national basis.
All of Rene Clausen's choral compositions and arrangements are published exclusively through Mark Foster Music Company (a division of Shawnee Press) in The Rene Clausen Choral Series.
In addition to choral conducting, Dr. Clausen is becoming increasingly well-known as a guest conductor of the major choral/ orchestral literature, in addition to orchestral conducting. At Carnegie Hall he has guest conducted the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor, together with the New York premiere of three of his own works, Gloria (in three movements), Whispers of Heavenly Death, with text by Walt Whitman, and Communion, with text by George Macdonald. Other major choral/orchestral works he has conducted include the Poulenc Gloria, Vaughan Williams Hodie, Beethoven Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy, and Faure Requiem.
In the summer of 1998, Dr. Clausen established the first Rene Clausen Choral School held on the campus of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, in which sixty-three participants from twenty-seven states participated. Much more than a reading workshop, the choral school is an intensive, five-day program for choral conductors focusing on conducting and rehearsal technique, performance practice issues, elements of choral ensemble, tonal development, as well as daily reading sessions of new music.
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Review: Rene Clausen is one of America's leading choral composers. Discover the variety of his compositions as performed by these quality ensembles. This recording features his latest extended work "Crying For A Dream" which is based on Native American texts.
Review: Although he writes in all genres, Rene Clausen is today one of America's most popular choral composers, and for more than twenty years he has been the conductor of the internationally acclaimed Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. On this release, choral works by Clausen are performed by the Kansas City Chorale, another choir of great international renown, whose recording, with the Phoenix Chorale, of Grechaninov's Passion Week won a Grammy award in 2008, in the category Best Classical Recording, Engineering. 'Set me as a Seal' is arguably the composer's best-known work, and has long been popular at weddings, funerals, and in the concert repertoire. Clausen has described the work as 'various kinds of discussions between God and humans, both from the human aspect and from the God aspect, so a lot of variations... of love, of disappointment, of anxiety, of doubt'. All that hath life and breath is one of Clausen's earliest works, and a favourite of choirs across the world. The Mass for Double Choir was commissioned by the Kansas City Chorale. The composer, who had never written a mass before, looked on it as an 'interesting challenge'. In the work emotions ebb and flow kaleidoscopically, taking the listener from the strength of the unison writing at the opening, to the sorrowful falling lines of the Crucifixion of Christ and the bubbling, dancing figures for the Resurrection. Expressions of praise spill forward atop one another in the Sanctus, a choir of angels too exuberant to be contained.
Review: Rene Clausen, conductor of the Concordia Choir, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He holds a Master's degree in conducting performance and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois. Here we present you with 6 of his most well known A Cappella choral selections, a must have for any large, advanced choir!
Review: 'Thank The Lord' is a beautiful 4-part sacred folk tune that begins with a great soprano solo. The unique setting of e.e. cummings' celebrated poem 'i thank you God' is a challenge, but the overall effect is stunning. Dissonance, tone color, and texture are ever-changing in this a cappella gem where chord cluster follows chord cluster. Cummings' vividly painted words are well-suited to Rene Clausen's inimitable gift of melody. Clausen's impressionistic 'La Lumiere (The Light)' is a wonderful, sensual experience in tone color and texture. As the poet's spiritual perception changes, he views his visual landscape in a new light. In much the same way, Clausen transforms the listener's aural landscape with layer upon layer of changing harmony and musical texture. Written for a cappella choir with divisi in each voice part, this modern impressionistic choral will showcase the talents of the most discerning ensemble. Choirs capable of singing 8-part harmony will love 'All That Hath life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord.' The lush chords and triumphant sound will also move the audience. Another 8-part gem, 'Magnificat' showcases Clausen's uncanny ability to weave beautiful melodies with intricate harmonies that can both sooth and excite the listener.
Review: This compilation contains six, delightful compositions by Rene Clausen for the express enjoyment of your mixed-voice group. "The Early Bird" is a tone poem that lets out all the stops, presenting a wonderful adventure for the advanced choir. "Song at Dusk" is much like a vocal tone poem, in how the soaring melodies dramatically illuminate the poem (by Leigh Haynes). "Plenty Good Room" is guaranteed to bring down the house, swinging with classy, jazz element including a scat solo. "Alleluia" is a dramatic piece containging marvelous harmonic build-up and a sensitive ending. "In the Bleak Midwinter" is a composition based on a poem by Christina Rossetti that was originally a Christmas poem expressing her piety and love for the beauty of nature. "Canticle of Praise" was originally written for the King's Singers (a 6-man ensemble) and the Morman Tabernacle Choir, however, this publication is the version re-scored by the Clausen for performance by his Concordia Choir.
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|Song Name||Arranger||Composer||Artist||Recording Title||Format|
|Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||In The New Moon||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I. A Noiseless Patient Spider||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I. Hear Me, I Will Live!||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|II. Quicksand Years||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|II. War Song||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|III. How Can You Buy The Sky?||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|III. The Last Invocation||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|*Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College*||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|*The Dale Warland Singers*||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|A Jubilant Song||Rene Clausen||University of Utah Singers||A Jubilant Song||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|A Noiseless Patient Spider||Rene Clausen||Kantorei||Pillars Of Light||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|A Stable Lamp is Lighted||Rene Clausen||Kantorei||Little Tree||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|All That Hath Life & Breath||Rene Clausen||Oasis Chorale||Treasures in Heaven||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|All That Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord!||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||A Cappella Compositions Vol. 2||Sheet Music||MORE DETAILS|
|All That Hath Life and Breath||Weiler||Rene Clausen||Seattle Children's Chorus||Celebrate!||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|All That Hath Life And Breath||Scholz||Rene Clausen||Luther College Norsemen||Oh Sing Jubilee||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord!||Rene Clausen||University of Utah Singers||The Cloths of Heaven||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Barter||Rene Clausen||Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College||Repertoire For Women's Voices Vol 5||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Calm, on the Listening Ear of Night||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Come To The Living Water||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Canticle of Praise||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||A Cappella Compositions Vol. 3||Sheet Music||MORE DETAILS|
|Canticle Of Praise||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||F. Melius Christiansen 135th Anniversary Concert||2 CDs||MORE DETAILS|
|Circle Dance||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Savior of the Nations||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Come to the Living Water||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Come To The Living Water||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Crying For A Dream||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Deep River||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Do You Hear What I Hear?||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Journey to Bethlehem||DVD||MORE DETAILS|
|Fantasia O Come, O Come Emmanuel||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Journey to Bethlehem||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Fantasia on "The King Shall Come"||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Savior of the Nations||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Fantasia on "Une Jeune Pucelle"||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Come To The Living Water||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Fantasia On O Come, O Come Emmanuel||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||O Come All Ye Faithful||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Hosanna||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||A Cappella Compositions Vol. 1||Sheet Music||MORE DETAILS|
|Hosanna||Rene Clausen||Luther College Nordic Choir||Christmas with the Nordic Choir Vol 1||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I Thank You God||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||A Cappella Compositions Vol. 2||Sheet Music||MORE DETAILS|
|In Pace||Rene Clausen||Kantorei||Pillars Of Light||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|La Lumiere||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||A Cappella Compositions Vol. 2||Sheet Music||MORE DETAILS|
|La Lumiere||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Echoes||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Laudate||Rene Clausen||Luther College Nordic Choir||Everlasting God||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Lord of All Being||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Star Of Wonder||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||Rene Clausen||A Cappella Compositions Vol. 2||Sheet Music||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||The Choral Music of Rene Clausen||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Rene Clausen||National Lutheran Choir||While Angels Sing||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Make A Joyful Noise||Rene Clausen||Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College||Christmas||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Make A Joyful Noise||Rene Clausen||Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College||Highlights from the St. Olaf Christmas Festival||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Make A Joyful Noise||Rene Clausen||St. Olaf Choir||What Wondrous Love Vol V1||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Memorial||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Memorial||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Messe Pour Double Choeur||Rene Clausen||Phoenix Bach Choir||Eternal Rest||SACD||MORE DETAILS|
|Nunc Dimittis||Rene Clausen||Various Arrangers||Augsburg Choirbook for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Nunc Dimittis||Rene Clausen||St. Olaf Choir||Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide||2 CDs||MORE DETAILS|
|O Little Town of Bethlehem||Rene Clausen||Concordia Choir||Journey to Bethlehem||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose||Rene Clausen||Seattle Children's Chorus||A Young Poet Sings||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|