New ‘Chamber Oratorio’ by Kris Oelbrandt

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Composer and monk Kris Oelbrandt osco wrote a one hour during chamber oratoria on lyrics of Beatrijs van Nazareth. The world premiere will be exactly 750 years after her death in 1268 at the same monastery of Brecht that rarely opens its doors…   

Beatrice van Nazareth, a Cistercian nun of the 13th-century Flemish abbey Our Lady of Nazareth, wrote the “Seven Manieren van Minne” (Seven Ways of Love), an intriguing and mystical text, carefully composed and full of new ideas. She distinguishes seven feelings in her love to God: desire, rest, heartache, joy, storm, peace and union. It is a unique text in the history of mysticism because of its clarity.

Kris Oelbrandt, who lives at the abbey of ‘Koningshoeven’, composed music on these lyrics. The work is written for mezzo-soprano, violin and harp. The performers are Els Mondelaers, Johan Olof and Liesbeth Vreeburg.

More about Beatrijs van Nazareth

An English translation of the texts

Score of the composition of Kris Oelbrandt