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GINSTE, Stephane VANDE

Stephane Vande Ginste, born in Kisangani (Congo) on 7 January 1971, took the Latin-Greek secondary programme at St Amands’ College and St Joseph’s Institute in Kortrijk. From 1979 to 1990, he studied at the municipal conservatory in Kortrijk, graduating with a final diploma and the "regeringsmedaille" in piano, as well as final diplomas in chamber music and written harmony. After this he studied piano, harmony, counterpoint and composition (with André Laporte) at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where he earned a number of first prizes, including piano and composition. In addition, he took a number of masterclasses with Daniel Capelletti, Garrett List and Frederic Rzewski. In the 1990s, he took part in several composition competitions, consistently doing well. He was a three-time winner of the “Competition for young composers” in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In 1994 he won the Muizelhuis Prize, in 1995 the DMP (Digital Music Print) Prize and in 1996 the Cantabile Prize. Since 2000, Stephane Vande Ginste has been composer-in-residence with the Emanon Ensemble. He combines his composing activities with performances as a soloist and in chamber music, with a particular focus on contemporary music. In September 2000, Vande Ginste gave an interview about his career as a composer/pianist for Radio 3 (the Flemish classical broadcaster, now Klara) in the series “De K van Jong”. He regularly leads workshops in piano for young children, with the result that didactic works have become an important part of his oeuvre. In his own words: “I attempt to write music that is attractive for young people and yet remains contemporary in style.”
Work review

The compositions of Stephane Vande Ginste are impossible to categorise. Without attempting to put them into strict categories, it is possible to distinguish a number of salient tendencies.

To begin with, the influences of Webern, Kurtag and Ligeti are clear in several works written in the early 1990s. In the first section of his 3 Miniatures for piano, he is clearly out to create a Webern-like atmosphere. A limited pitch reservoir, although not forming a dodecaphonic series, is the basis of this short movement. After the presentation of this group of notes, distributed over 5 octaves, there follows a short, static intervention in which practically the only note is a’. After this we arrive in the style of the first movement, in which the group of notes from the beginning is presented in retrograde. The second movement in this composition tends more towards the aesthetic of György Ligeti. There is here a continuous series of semiquavers in both hands, whereby the right hand plays groups of 4 (or 2) notes, while the left hand plays the notes in groups of 3. The resulting metrical discrepancy is reminiscent of such compositions as Désordre and Continuum, both by Ligeti.
Moreover, both voices gradually evolve towards a higher register, as so often happens in the work of Ligeti. Finally, the right hand plays only the white keys and the left hand the black, as in Désordre. The final movement returns to the style of the first movement. The structure is simple: a recurring group of two bars (consisting of the group of 4 notes played twice) is alternated with other cells.
In the unpublished work Fragmenten for 2 transverse flutes, Vande Ginste develops a different musical thought in each of the 12 short pieces. A few of the approaches taken include imitations between the voices (movement 1), repetition of a motif in inversion (movement 2), the systematic lengthening of a motif (movements 4 and 5), and the use of the hoquetus technique (movements 7 and 11). Although Ide-fix for piano has as its suggestive subtitle “Weberniade in one movement”, the work is not a stylistic imitation of the works of Anton Webern. Several characteristics of Webern’s oeuvre are nonetheless incorporated; for instance, the dynamic is highly differentiated and is generally soft. Except for a few passages, for example when fortissimo clusters are played, the style involves the playing of only 1 note at a time, with the notes spaced widely in different registers.

In a second tendency, a number of works are inspired by contemporary jazz music.
The composition Blue for Two for 2 pianos is based on blues scales. The 2 compositions On the Road and Rock’romantique (the compulsory work for Axion Classics 2002) were written for a blues project set up by the Dutch pianist Marcel Worms. Variations on Bluesette, a set of variations on a theme by the jazz and harmonica legend Toots Thielemans, is another example of this tendency. The instrumentation chosen by Vande Ginste combines typical jazz sounds (alto saxophone and piano) with the more classical sound of the flute.

A third group of works has a more literary source of inspiration. What the thunder said is a musical poem on a text by T. S. Eliot (from The Waste Land) for 7 instruments (clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, double bass and percussion), 2 spoken voices and tape. Part of the text and the music is played by the tape recorder through speakers placed behind the audience. This composition was written in 1997 for the Emanon Ensemble. In the Little Suite for 4 instruments (viola, flute, clarinet and guitar), the musicians themselves recite texts by Paul Van Ostaijen. Here the composer found inspiration in Opus Number Zoo by Luciano Berio. Other compositions in which Vande Ginste uses texts by Van Ostaijen are Diverse verzen (Diverse verses) for soprano and violin, and Rommelen in de pot (Rummaging/Rumbling in the pot) for bass clarinet and percussion.

As mentioned, didactic works and compositions for young people have come to occupy an increasingly important place in the oeuvre of Stephane Vande Ginste. Het lied van Hiawatha (The song of Hiawatha) is a musical for different possible forces on a text by Guido Gezelle (after Longfellow). This work was written for the Gezelle commemoration in Kortrijk in 2000, and also exists in a version for piano four-hands (selections) and as orchestral suite for youth orchestra. De moddersmijters (The mudslingers) is a children’s story set to music for clarinet, flute, bassoon, trombone and double bass.
The story is by Stefan Boonen.
List of works

- Piano solo: Trois Préludes (1990); Drie Miniaturen (1991); Three easy pieces for children (1994); Ide-Fix (1994); Zes variaties op een tango-thema (1995); On the Road (1997); Sonatine (2001); Rock’romatique (2002)
- Solo instruments: Notturno I for percussion (1993); Five short pieces for clarinet (1994); Three short pieces for percussion (1995); Three pieces for double bass (1995); On the Road for guitar (1995); Kleine Suite for harp (1998); Short piece for guitar solo (1999)
- Chamber music: Human Zoo for 3 trombones and 2 piano’s (1990); 12 fragments for 2 flutes (1990); Threnos for percussion and piano (1993); A little Tango for violin and piano (1995); Orphée ou le Petit Bestiaire for horn and piano (1995); Variations on Bluesette (theme byn Toots Thielemans) for alto sax, flute and piano (1996); Blue for Two for 2 piano’s (1997); What the Thunder said for ensemble, reciter and tape (1997); Drie Impressies for clarinet, flute and voice (1998); Suite for guitar, flute, clarinet and viola (2001); Kleine Suite (on text by P. Van Ostaijen) for flute, clarinet, viola and guitar (2002); Epitaffio for flute and piano (2002); Rommelen in de pot (on text by P. Van Ostaijen) for percussion, bass clarinet and voice (2003); Roof of the world, a song for Tibet for clarinet choir (2003); Suite for flute, viola and double bass (2003)
- Vocal music: Trois Chansons sur textes d’Apollinaire for soprano and piano (1997); Diverse Verzen (on text by P. Van Ostaijen) for soprano and violin (1997)
- Orchestra: Concertino for piano and orchestra (1998); Kleine dans for 2 cellos and orchestra (1998); The song of Hiawatha, suite for youth orchestra (1999); Variations on “Raindrops falling on my head” for clarinet solo, string orchestra and jazz combo (2001)
- Theatre: The song of Hiawatha (musical on text by G. Gezelle/Longfellow) for variable instruments (1999); Vera en de lachdieven for children's chorus and orchestra (2000); De Moddersmijters for ensemble and 2 actors (2001); Man for ensemble and voice (2003)
- Sound tracks: Heksenfee (story: Brigitte Minne; performed by Arco Baleno) (2002)

[©2005 Klaas Coulembier for MATRIX]

works

  • A little Tango, 1995
    violin and piano 00:02:30
  • Blue for two, 1994
    two pianos 00:07:00
  • Bodo en de circusmuzikanten, 2009
    Narrator and orchestra 00:20:00
  • Bodo en de magische poel, 2010
    Narrator and orchestra 00:20:00
  • Bruidvaard, 1999
    flute solo, two guitars and one bassguitar 00:00:00
  • Cinq petites chansons, 1994
    Baritone and piano 00:08:00
  • Cinq pièces, 1993
    clarinet solo 00:07:00
  • Concertino "Per aspera", 2010
    two pianos 00:19:00
  • Darkness, 1997
    orchestra 00:18:09
  • De heksenfee, 2007
    Soprano and orchestra 00:18:00
  • De hongersnood, 1999
    piano quintet 00:00:00
  • De Moddersmijters, 2001
    two actors, flute, clarinet, bassoon, doubble bass en trombone 01:00:00
  • De Perelveder, 1999
    Soprano, choir and string quintet 00:00:00
  • De Perelveder, 1999
    three violins, viola, cello and double bass 00:00:00
  • De twee spoken
    Soprano, flute and piano 00:00:00
  • De verjaardagen, 2005
    dixtuor 00:20:00
  • De Vier Winden, 2002
    flute ensemble 00:06:30
  • De vier winden - I. Mudjikiwies, 1999
    fluteband 00:00:00
  • De vier winden - II. Wabon, de oostenwind, 1999
    flute ensemble 00:00:00
  • De vier winden - III. Kabibonokka, 1999
    flute ensemble 00:00:00
  • De vier winden - IV. Shawondasie, 1999
    flute ensemble 00:00:00
  • Dialoog Nokomis-Hiawadha, 1999
    Soprano, four horns and piano 00:00:00
  • Dialoog Nokomis-Hiawadha, 1991
    Soprano, hornquartet and piano 00:00:00
  • Diverse verzen
    Soprano and violin 00:10:00
  • Dood Minnehaha, 1999
    string quartet 00:00:00
  • Drie bagatellen, 2007
    piano 00:01:30
  • Drie dansen, 2006
    flute and piano 00:04:30
  • Drie impressies, 1998
    flute and clarinet 00:04:39
  • Drie nocturnes, 1995
    double bass solo 00:12:00
  • Drie volksliederen, 2002
    mixed choir and chamber orchestra 00:03:30
  • Droef en blij, 2002
    violin and piano 00:01:50
  • Droef en blij, 2002
    oboe and piano 00:01:50
  • Epitaffio, 2002
    flute and piano 00:03:50
  • Epitaffio
    clarinet or bass clarinet solo 00:03:50
  • Et vous verrez comme tout change...
    flute, viola and guitar 00:10:00
  • Five variations on a theme by Jean "Toots" Thielemans, 1998
    alto saxophone, flute and piano 00:06:00
  • Fragmenten, 1992
    two flutes 00:06:00
  • Het avontuur van de speelman, 2012
    Narrator and orchestra 00:20:00
  • Het Boekje van Michiel, 2007
    piano 00:08:00
  • Het circus komt..., 2004
    piano 00:02:10
  • Het klavierboekje voor Johannes, 2008
    piano 00:06:00
  • Het lied van Hiawadha, 1999
    piano 00:22:00
  • Hiawadha - Schipvaard, 1999
    flute, guitarsband 00:00:00
  • Hiawadha - Steurvaard, 1998
    spokenchoir and two pianos 00:00:00
  • Hiawadha - Strijdmuziek, 1999
    brassensemble 00:00:00
  • Hiawadha's kindsheid - Jachtmuziek, 1999
    four horns and piano 00:00:00
  • Huiselijke Aubade, 2005
    mixed Choir a cappella 00:03:00
  • Ide-Fix, 1992
    piano 00:07:00
  • In Blue, 2012
    clarinet and piano 00:00:00
  • Introduzione, Scherzo e Corale, 2009
    piano 00:04:20
  • Introduzzione e Scherzo, 2002
    two oboe and bassoon 00:02:50
  • Kamerconcerto, 2009
    flute, harpsichord and string quintet 00:18:00
  • Kleine Dans, 1998
    two cellos and string orchestra 00:03:00
  • Kleine nachtmuziek voor volwassenen, 2004
    speakingchoir 00:00:00
  • Kleine Sinterklaas-suite, 1996
    piano sextet 00:00:00
  • Kleine suite, 2000
    harp solo 00:10:00
  • Kleine suite n°2, 2001
    flute, clarinet, viola and guitar 00:07:19
  • Laat de luiken geloken zijn..., 2004
    Soprano and piano 00:01:50
  • Le Petit Bestiaire, 2011
    piccolo and piano 00:10:00
  • Let's go (on the radio), 2006
    two pianos 00:03:00
  • Lied en variaties, 2009
    piano 00:03:30
  • Lied Minnehaha, 1999
    Soprano and string kwintet 00:00:00
  • Lied van de zon en van de maan, 1999
    Sopranoans octuor 00:00:00
  • Man - 01. Thema Vuur, 2003
    clarinet solo 00:00:00
  • Man - 02. Thema Man, 2003
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 03. De gedachten, 2003
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 04. Thema Vuur, 2003
    clarinet and bassoon 00:00:00
  • Man - 05. Thema Kwelling, 2003
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 06. Iemand..., 2003
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 07. Thema Kwelling - var. 1, 2003
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 08. Thema Aarde, 2003
    double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 08b. Thema Aarde, 2003
    bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 09. Thema Man, 2003
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 10. Thema Kwelling - var. 2, 2003
    clarinet and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 11. Iemand..., 2003
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 12. Thema Water, 2003
    flute 00:00:00
  • Man - 12b. Thema Water, 2003
    flute and clarinet 00:00:00
  • Man - 13. Thema Man, 2004
    clarinet, bassoon and dubble bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 14. Thema Kwelling - var. 3, 2004
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 15. Iemand..., 2004
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 16. Thema Kwelling - var. 4, 2004
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 17. Thema Lucht, 2004
    bassoon 00:00:00
  • Man - 17b. Thema Lucht, 2004
    flute and bassoon 00:00:00
  • Man - 18. De toren, 2004
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 19. Thema Kwelling - var. 5, 2004
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 20. Iemand..., 2004
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Man - 21. Thema Man, 2004
    flute, clarinet, bassoon and double bass 00:00:00
  • Nachtscène, 1999
    two violins, viola and cello 00:00:00
  • Najaarssuite, 2005
    choir and orchestra 00:15:00
  • Notturno I, 1993
    percussions 00:03:00
  • On the road, 1997
    piano 00:03:00
  • On the road, 1995
    guitar solo 00:03:00
  • Orphée ou Le Petit Bestiare, 1996
    horn and piano 00:08:50
  • Rock' romatique, 2002
    piano 00:06:50
  • Rommelen, Rommelen in de pot, 2003
    narrator, clarinet or bass clarinet and percussions 00:04:00
  • Rondino, 2004
    cello and piano 00:02:00
  • Rondo burlesco, 2007
    piano 00:03:00
  • Roof of the world, 2003
    four clarinets and one bass clarinet 00:04:00
  • Schipvaard
    flute, four guitars ans one bas-guitar 00:00:00
  • Short piece, 1999
    guitar solo 00:02:20
  • Slaap als een reus..., 2009
    piano 00:02:30
  • Slotkoor, 1999
    mixed choir and stringquartet 00:00:00
  • Sonatine, 2001
    piano 00:05:00
  • Souterliedekens, 2012
    two voices and various (ad libidum) 00:03:20
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Apotheoselied, 2001
    piano, guitar and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Auditiedans, 2001
    piano, guitar and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Buitlied, 2001
    children's choir and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Dans van de stokpaardjes, 2001
    piano and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Droevig afscheidslied, 2001
    children's choir, piano and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Kusjesdans, 2001
    piano, guitar and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Lied van de stoere knappe prins
    children's choir and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Lied van de verloren schoentjes, 2001
    choi and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sprokkelsprookjes: Ouverture, 2001
    children's choir, recorder and orchestra 00:40:00
  • Strijdmuziek, 1999
    two trumpets, three cornets, horn, two tubas 00:00:00
  • The song of Hiawadha - De vier winden - I. Mudjikiwies, 1999
    flute ensemble 00:00:00
  • The song of Hiawadha - Thema van Hiawadha, 1999
    two pianos 00:00:00
  • Thema Minnehaha, 1999
    three violins and one cello 00:00:00
  • Three easy pieces for children, 1993
    piano 00:04:00
  • Three miniatures, 1990
    piano 00:04:50
  • Three Movements, 2011
    piano 00:04:20
  • Three short pieces, 1995
    four cymbales, arc, three bongo, one tam-tam, three temple-blocks, one kettle-drum, one te 00:07:00
  • Trois Etudes, 2010
    piano 00:06:50
  • Trois Préludes
    piano 00:08:00
  • Twaalf inventies, 1993
    piano 00:05:30
  • Vera en de lachdieven - ouverture: Lied van de lach
    orchestra 00:50:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 04: Bij Vera is het altijd feest
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 06: De Slijmi-Slurpi-Stop-De-Sturpi
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 09: Lied van de stoere mannen
    mixed Choir and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 11: Lied van de "Tevebubies"
    voice and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 12: De kinderoptocht
    voice and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 14: Waar is Vera?
    voice and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 16: Dans van de "Suikerhartbloemen"
    voice and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vera en de lachdieven sc. 24/25: Slot
    voice and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Vier Korte variaties op een lied, 2011
    oboe and piano 00:02:25
  • Vier variaties op "Raindrops keep falling on my head", 2001
    clarinet, orchestra and jazz-combo 00:10:00
  • Vijf korte duo's, 1992
    cello and double bass 00:04:00
  • Vijf korte variaties op "Scarborough Fair", 2005
    piano 00:03:50
  • Weeklacht Nokomis, 1999
    Soprano, string quartet and piano 00:00:00
  • Zes korte variaties op een tango-thema, 1995
    piano 00:02:50
  • Zweinstein-express
    clarinet and piano 00:01:50
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