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Born in Montréal, William Kraushaar is a classically-trained film score composer with a strong fondness for vocal music. Self-taught bass singer, he has earned himself a privileged position in a number of prestigious canadian vocal ensembles, namely the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), l’Ensemble Caprice, l’Harmonie des Saisons, the Theater of Early Music (Dan Taylor) and many more, as well as being part of Québec’s top professional choirs. As a composer, he was awarded twice by the SOCAN Foundation and his music has been played, among others, by the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Voces Boreales, L’Ensemble vocal Art-Québec, The Choir of St-Andrew/St-Paul and the National Youth Choir of Canada.

Crucifixus a 6 voci

by William Kraushaar

SSATBB with organ, piano or harpsichord – CP 2123 – duration 3:05
SSATBB a cappella  – CP 2126

This is a powerful setting of the classic text, in baroque style for six parts. The accompaniment drives the counterpoint forward.  The a cappella version is slower and more poignant so that the singers can make more of the stress and release moments. (dissonance to consonance)

Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato:
Passus, et sepultus est.

He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate:
He suffered and was buried.

Herr, Nun Läst

by William Kraushaar

SATB with organ/piano – CP 2158 – duration 3:35

Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple. Simeon, who had longed to see the Messiah before passing away said:

Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word.
Luke 2:29

Hodie Christus natus est

by William Kraushaar

SATB a cappella – CP 2149 – duration 2:45

You will love this joyful sound – resulting from a combination of up-tempo melody in 3/4 meter. Multiple entries, counterpoint, motivic imitation and sections of fugue; quality composition!

Hodie Christus natus est,
hodie Salvator apparuit;
hodie in terra canunt angeli,
laetantur archangeli;
hodie exsultant iusti, dicentes
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Ni de l'est, ni de l'ouest

by William Kraushaar

SATB a cappella with fugue – CP 2059 – duration 5:55
SATB a cappella without fugue – CP 2060 – duration 3:05

In memory of the victims of the Québec City Mosque Shooting, 2017.

“Neither from the east, nor from the west,
Neither creed, nor culture,
Neither from the ocean, nor from the earth,
We are all members of one another,
And created from the same matter,
If a member is suffering,
Others will not know happiness.

Ubi caritas et amor

by William Kraushaar

SATB a cappella – CP 2152 – duration 3:15

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.