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Rene Clausen

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Rene Clausen

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.

Discography (See list of Compositions.)

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Concordia Choir : The Choral Music of Rene Clausen

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.

Songlist: *The Concordia Choir*, Crying For A Dream, I. Hear Me, I Will Live!, II. War Song, III. How Can You Buy The Sky?, Three Whitman Settings, I. A Noiseless Patient Spider, II. Quicksand Years, III. The Last Invocation, Tonight, Eternity Alone, Magnificat, Deep River, O Vos Omnes, Seek The Lord, *The Dale Warland Singers*, Set Me As A Seal, *Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College*, Psalm 100

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6677c | 00 1 CD | $15.98


Kansas City Chorale : Life and Breath

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.

Songlist: All that Hath Life and Breath Praise the Lord, O magnum mysterium, The Tyger, The Lamb, Mass: Kyrie, Mass: Gloria, Mass: Credo, Mass: Sanctus, Mass: Agnus Dei, Magnificat, Prayer, O vos omnes, A New Creation: Set me as a seal

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2633c | 00 SACD | $16.95


Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 1

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!

Songlist: Set Me As A Seal, Sweet Was The Song, Tonight Eternity Alone, Peace I Leave With You, Hosanna

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9069b | Sheet Music | $10.45 | Mixed 5-8 Parts | A CappellaModern Choral Arrangements


Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 2

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.

Songlist: Thank The Lord, I Thank You God, La Lumiere, All That Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord!, Magnificat

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9263b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts | A CappellaModern Choral Arrangements


Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 3

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.

Songlist: The Early Bird, Song at Dusk, Plenty Good Room, Alleluia, In the Bleak Midwinter, Canticle of Praise

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9455b | Sheet Music | $11.95 | SATB divisi | A CappellaModern Choral Arrangements

Compositions ( See Discography.)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistRecording TitleFormat
Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirIn The New Moon 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I. A Noiseless Patient SpiderRene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I. Hear Me, I Will Live!Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
II. Quicksand YearsRene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
II. War SongRene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
III. How Can You Buy The Sky?Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
III. The Last InvocationRene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
*Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College*Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
*The Dale Warland Singers*Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
A Jubilant SongRene ClausenUniversity of Utah SingersA Jubilant Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS
A Noiseless Patient SpiderRene ClausenKantoreiPillars Of Light 1 CDMORE DETAILS
A Stable Lamp is LightedRene ClausenKantoreiLittle Tree 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All That Hath Life & BreathRene ClausenOasis ChoraleTreasures in Heaven 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All That Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord!Rene ClausenRene ClausenRene ClausenA Cappella Compositions Vol. 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
All That Hath Life and BreathWeilerRene ClausenSeattle Children's ChorusCelebrate! 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All That Hath Life And BreathScholzRene ClausenLuther College NorsemenOh Sing Jubilee 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord!Rene ClausenUniversity of Utah SingersThe Cloths of Heaven 1 CDMORE DETAILS
BarterRene ClausenManitou Singers of St. Olaf CollegeRepertoire For Women's Voices Vol 5 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Calm, on the Listening Ear of NightRene ClausenConcordia ChoirCome To The Living Water 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Canticle of PraiseRene ClausenRene ClausenRene ClausenA Cappella Compositions Vol. 3Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Canticle Of PraiseRene ClausenConcordia ChoirF. Melius Christiansen 135th Anniversary Concert 2 CDsMORE DETAILS
Circle DanceRene ClausenConcordia ChoirSavior of the Nations 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Come to the Living WaterRene ClausenConcordia ChoirCome To The Living Water 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Crying For A DreamRene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Deep RiverRene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Do You Hear What I Hear?Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirJourney to BethlehemDVDMORE DETAILS
Fantasia O Come, O Come EmmanuelRene ClausenConcordia ChoirJourney to Bethlehem 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Fantasia on "The King Shall Come"Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirSavior of the Nations 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Fantasia on "Une Jeune Pucelle"Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirCome To The Living Water 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Fantasia On O Come, O Come EmmanuelRene ClausenConcordia ChoirO Come All Ye Faithful 1 CDMORE DETAILS
HosannaRene ClausenRene ClausenRene ClausenA Cappella Compositions Vol. 1Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
HosannaRene ClausenLuther College Nordic ChoirChristmas with the Nordic Choir Vol 1 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I Thank You GodRene ClausenRene ClausenRene ClausenA Cappella Compositions Vol. 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
In PaceRene ClausenKantoreiPillars Of Light 1 CDMORE DETAILS
La LumiereRene ClausenRene ClausenRene ClausenA Cappella Compositions Vol. 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
La LumiereRene ClausenConcordia ChoirEchoes 1 CDMORE DETAILS
LaudateRene ClausenLuther College Nordic ChoirEverlasting God 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Lord of All BeingRene ClausenConcordia ChoirStar Of Wonder 1 CDMORE DETAILS
MagnificatRene ClausenRene ClausenRene ClausenA Cappella Compositions Vol. 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
MagnificatRene ClausenConcordia ChoirThe Choral Music of Rene Clausen 1 CDMORE DETAILS
MagnificatRene ClausenNational Lutheran ChoirWhile Angels Sing 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Make A Joyful NoiseRene ClausenManitou Singers of St. Olaf CollegeChristmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Make A Joyful NoiseRene ClausenManitou Singers of St. Olaf CollegeHighlights from the St. Olaf Christmas Festival 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Make A Joyful NoiseRene ClausenSt. Olaf ChoirWhat Wondrous Love Vol V1 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Memorial Rene ClausenConcordia ChoirMemorial 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Messe Pour Double ChoeurRene ClausenPhoenix Bach ChoirEternal RestSACDMORE DETAILS
Nunc DimittisRene ClausenVarious ArrangersAugsburg Choirbook for Advent, Christmas and EpiphanySongbookMORE DETAILS
Nunc DimittisRene ClausenSt. Olaf ChoirWhere Peace and Love and Hope Abide 2 CDsMORE DETAILS
O Little Town of BethlehemRene ClausenConcordia ChoirJourney to Bethlehem 1 CDMORE DETAILS
O My Luve's Like a Red, Red RoseRene ClausenSeattle Children's ChorusA Young Poet Sings 1 CDMORE DETAILS
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