Bart Vanhecke

Category:componist, hedendaagse componist
Etterbeek, 03.09.1964
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags

Short description

Bart Vanhecke radically questions the prevailing conventions. He is a modernist composer looking for a balance between a rigid structure and musical expression.


"Since 1997 my music has been composed in a strictly serial style. Ever since the whole rhythmic-harmonic structure of my pieces has been determined by a series of 54 chromatic groups of intervals, the same way that living beings are determined by their genetic material. The series is the DNA of my music. Its assemblage is such that it generates systematically atonal and amotivic music. Despite this strict composition technique, I strive for an organically sounding result that transcends the serial substructure, in the same way that living beings are more than the genetic material. I am convinced that strictly composed music can be at least as expressive as its mostly more easygoing intuitive or more traditional counterpart." (Bart Vanhecke)

Bart Vanhecke studied composition from André Laporte at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and with Franco Donatoni at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. In addition to his work as a composer, Vanhecke teaches music theory, music culture and flute at the academy in Overijse-Tervuren-Hoeilaart. He is currently conducting a study of the systematisation of atonality, amotivity and dissonance. Bart Vanhecke’s works have been performed at festivals such as Ars Musica, the ISCM World Music Days and TRANSIT. Ensembles he has worked with include the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Het Collectief, Walpurgis, Spectra Ensemble, Ictus, Jan Michiels, Quatuor Danel and Frederik Croene.

Key works:

QUE L’ AUBE APPORTE LA LUMIÈRE (complete version 2008) for piano quintet.
COMME UN FLOCON DE NEIGE (2007) for flute and ensemble.

LA HORA DE LA LUZ (2005) for countertenor, ensemble and live electronics.

DANS L’ EAU DU SONGE (2005) for bass clarinet, cello and piano.

DES CERCLES SUR LES EAUX (2002) for harp, ensemble and live electronics.

ETOILES PEINTES (2000) for string trio.

CLOSE MY WILLING EYES (1999) for 3 sopranos and ensemble.

LES RACINES DU MONDE (1998) for piano.

MONODIE for piano (1995-second version).

QUAND LA LUNE MEURT (1993) for bass clarinet and ensemble.


Selectieve discografie als componist

Vanhecke Bart - Close my willing eyesVanhecke Bart - Close my willing eyes (2008)
21st century / contemporary
Het Collectief, Walpurgis, Bart Vanhecke, Robin Engelen

Related Items

News:Stefan Blunier creĆ«ert met het NOB 'Danse de la terre' van Bart Vanhecke (09.09.2010)
Documents:Contemporary Music in Flanders II (book)
Contemporary Music in Flanders IV (book)