Joep Franssens

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Between the Beats (1979)
for 2 pianos
duration: 21'


Turn (1980)
for 2 oboes and 'cello
duration: 8'


Solo for Flute (1980)
duration: 11'


Ellipsis (1983)
for harpsichord (1983)
written for Annelie de Man
duration: 13'


Echo's (1983) 
4300 0300 vibr mar str(
duration: 25'


Consort Music (1984)
for 2 flutes, oboe (English horn), bass clarinet, French horn, bassoon, violin, viola, 'cello, double bass and piano
duration: 19'
commissioned by the Rotterdam Art Foundation, written for the Septimer Ensemble


Phasing (1985)
for women's choir and orchestra
text (Portugese) by Fernando Pessoa
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FCM, written for the ASKO Choir and Orchestra
duration: 27'


Low Budget Music (1986)
for flute, oboe (English horn), clarinet (bass clarinet), French horn, bassoon, piano, violin, viola, 'cello and double bass
duration: 27'
FCM, written for the Delta Ensemble, dedicated to Klaas de Vries


Old Songs, New Songs (1988)
for 2 pianos
duration: 23'
FCM, written for Margaret Krill and Nicolette Heerema


Dwaallicht (1989)
for 2 sopranos and ensemble
text (Latin) by Spinoza
for 2 sopranos, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, trumpet, synthesizer,violin, viola, 'cello and double bass
FCM, written for the Groep 20, Gerrie de Vries and Reina Boelens
duration: 23'


Floating (1989)
for 2 vibraphones and 3 marimbas
duration: 16'
FCM, written for Ensemble Jacques Delecluse


Taking the Waters (1990) 
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FCM, written for the Nederlands Studenten Orkest
duration: 16'


The straight Line (1991) 
for saxophone quartet
duration: 12'
FCM, written for the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet


Primary Colours  (1992)
for saxophone orchestra
duration: 17'
FCM, written for the World Saxophone Orchestra

The Gift of Song (1994)
for 2 pianos
duration: 41'


New Departure (1995)
for 'cello and piano
written for Kees Wieringa and René Berman
duration: 32'


After the Queen's Speech (1995)
for brass ensemble

commissioned by the Eerste Kamer der Staten Generaal on the occasion of Prinsjesdag 1995
duration: 8'


Sanctus (1996)
3343 4200 timp pf str
FCM, written for the Residentie Orkest
duration: 21'


Winter Child (1996)
for piano
written for Kees Wieringa, dedicated to Wim Meiners
duration: 11'


Sarum Chant (1997) 
for vocal quartet and gamelan
duration: 25'
FCM, written for Ensemble Gending


Roaring Rotterdam (1997)
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FCM and AVRO, written for the Ne-therlands
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated to Kees Vlaardingerbroek
duration: 16'


Entrata (1997) 
for 'cello and 2 pianos
commissioned by the Rotary Club Ede Hoekelum
duration: 7'


Magnificat (1999)
for soprano, choir and orchestra
text (Portugese): by Fernando Pessoa
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commissioned by SNS Reaal Fonds, with financial support of Gaudeamus, NCRV and AVRO written for the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Groot Omroepkoor
dedicated to Carola Burgerhout
duration: 25' 30"


Harmony of the Spheres (1994-2001)
cyclus in 5 movements
version for mixed choir and string orchestra 
Movements 2,4, written for choir a cappella
Movement 1,3 and 5 written for mixed choir and strings
parts can also be performed seperately
text (Latin) by Spinoza
Dedicated to Tõnu Kaljuste and The Netherlands Chamber Choir
I:  10'  (in 8 parts)
II: ,7'30 ( in 4 parts)
III: , 26'15 ( in 8 parts)
IV: , 6' (in 4 parts)
V:  14'30 (in 8 parts)
total duration:  66'
commissioned by  the Eduard van Beinum Foundation and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, with a contribution of Ton Boersma and The Fund for the Creation of Music. 

Intimation of Spring (2001-2004)
for piano solo
written for and dedicated to Ralph van Raat
duration: 26'


Tales of  Wonder (2003)
for children
seven pieces for piano ( 2-4 hands)
commissioned by Madeleine Maaskant and Reint Jan Schuring
duration: 12'

Bridge of Dawn, movement 1 ( 2004-2006)

for orchestra
on the occasion of the 40th jubilee 2006 of Concert- en congresgebouw de Doelen
commissioned by Concert-en congresgebouw de Doelen
duration: 31'

Harmony of the Spheres, movement 5 (2005)
Version for flute orchestra
duration: 14'30"


Song of Release (2005)
for piano solo      
duration: 5 ' 10"
dedicated to Willy Rens

Blue Encounter (2006)
for viola
duration: 16' 
dedicated toTon Boersma

Grace ( 2008)
for orchestra
commissioned by NPS radio
duration 16"30"

Bridge of Dawn, movement 2 (2011)

for  soprano, mixed choir and orchestra
commissioned by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
duration 41'

Symmetry (2014)

dance and opera film by Ruben van Leer

Piano Concerto ( 2015)

with financial support by Noord Nederlands Orkest and Fonds Podiumkunsten ( Performing Arts Fund NL)

dedicated to Ralph van Raat

duration 31'


Taking the Waters (2016)

version for 4 pianos  ( originally written for orchestra) 

duration 16'


Piano Concerto (2016)

version for chamber orchestra

duration 31'


 Entrata ( 2016)

version for 4 pianos ( originally written for 3 pianos)

duration 16'


 New work for mixed choir a cappella ( in preparation)

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