Jan Van Landeghem

(b. 28 November 1954, Temse).

Belgian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and organ works that have been performed in Africa, the Americas and Europe; he is also active as an organist.

Prof. Van Landeghem studied composition with Peter Cabus at the Conservatorium Maastricht and composition with André Laporte, fugue with Albert Delvaux and organ with Kamiel D'Hooghe at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels. He studied at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1985 and at Jagiellonian University in Kraków in 1985, both on the Fulbright Scholarship, and had regular contact with Karel Goeyvaerts from 1991–93.

Among his honours as a composer are the Wendungen Prijs from the Festival van Vlaanderen (1993, for Epitaffio), the Camiel Huysmans Prijs in Antwerp (1994, for Epitaffio), the Prijs voor Vocaale Compositie in Ghent (1995, for Een Tent van tamarinde), the Prix de la musique contemporaine Flandre in Québec (1995, for Silent Scream), the SABAM Prijs voor Nieuwe Muziek Compositie (1995, for his œuvre), the SABAM BAP-Prijs (1996, for Modale Suite), the DMP-Prijs (1996, for Uit de kleine wildernis), Premier Prix in the competition Gezelle (1999, for Gezelle Triptiek), the title Composer of the Year 2000 at the Ramsgate Spring Festival (2000, for Marcatissimo), and the Prix Frères Darche at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels (2000, for his œuvre). As an organist, he has received an honourable mention in the Concours International pour Orgue de Bruges (1985) and the Publiek-Prijs in the Bach Nieuwe Muziek Confrontaties in Kortrijk (2000, for Thamasoo ma jyothir gamaya). He also served as composer-in-residence to the recorder quartet Vier op 'n rij.

As an organist, he has toured in Asia, Europe and the USA. He has performed in the trumpet–organ duo All'armi with Alain Roelant, joined on occasion by soprano Marie-Noëlle de Callataÿ, which has toured Asia and Europe. Moreover, he performs with his wife, the violinist Jennifer Spanoghe, as Duo Landini.

He taught as Professor voor Compositie at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels and has served as chair of the department of music at the Stedelijke Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans in Bornem. He has lectured in the Czech Republic, Japan and elsewhere.

In addition to the works listed below, he has made more than 50 arrangements, including A Turkish Bumblebee.





Behind the Crescent Moon, 12 or more strings, 1989

Urbi et Gorbi (concerto), organ, orchestra, 1991

Epitaffio, 1993

Serenata notturna, English horn, French horn, harp, string orchestra, 1994

Modale Suite, symphonic band, 1995

Pastorale notturno, clarinet, string orchestra, 1996–97, revised 2001

Lorca Concerto, guitar, orchestra, 1996–97, revised 2001–02

Humoreske 2000, symphonic band, 2000 (orchestration by Marcel De Boeck)

Edelstenentriptiek: smaragdsaffierrobijn (concerto), piano, orchestra, 2001–02


Trivium liquidium, flute, 1985

Seduzione, clarinet, 1986

Tres Danzas festivas, flute, guitar, 1987

Birds, 4 recorders, 1989

Grappa ma non trappa, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 1989

Silent Scream, string quartet, 1991

Sanpaku, 4 recorders, 1992

Essere o non essere, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, 1992

The Jericho Wall, trumpet, piano/organ, 1992

Shots, marimba, 1993

Carpe diem, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1993

Spielerei I, flute, 1994

Epitaffio voor Koning Boudewijn, trumpet, organ, 1994

Aquarioso, 8–12 trumpets, 1994

Klage, flute, 1995

Quartettsatz, flute, violin, viola, harpsichord, 1995

Pastorale notturno, clarinet, organ, 1995

Totentanz, flute, 1996

Jobutsu, recorder (+ crotales), 1996

Gypsy Music, guitar, violin, 1996

Music for Flute or Recorder and Marimba, flute/recorder, marimba, 1996

Trio, violin, cello, piano, 1996

Three Crystals for Four Trumpets, 4 trumpets, 1996

Concerto grosso modo for Nonet, 4 recorders, 2 violins, viola, cello, percussion, 1997 (also version for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, percussion, 1997)

Marcatissimo, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1997–98

Bonus malus 22, 8 saxophones, 1998

Spielerei II, recorder, harpsichord, 1998

Trio vertigo, clarinet, violin, piano, 1998 (also version for clarinet, viola, piano, 1999)

Reynaert de Vos, piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 French horns, percussion, 1999 (also version for speaker, piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 French horns, percussion)

Flower Music, violin, piano, 1999

Guernica, cello, piano, 1999

Two PiecesSohum and Shakti, 2 marimbas, 1999

Quasi uno minuto unisono, viola, cello, 2000

Der Zippelfagottist, bassoon, piano, 2000

Six Meditations, oboe (+ English horn), bassoon, cello, double bass, 2000

African Music, 4 recorders, 2000–01

Tyaga, accordion, 2001

Verhaeren Quartet, string quartet, 2002

L'Invisible pour les yeux, violin, organ, 2002

Widmung, 5-string violin, 2003


Four Poems, children's chorus/mixed chorus, 1986

De Mens Bestaat (cantata, text by Anton van Wilderode), 3 choruses, 2 symphonic bands, 1992–93

Satermuziek (text by Achilles Mussche), soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus, piano, 1993

Post lunam crescentem (cantata), soprano, mixed chorus, ensemble, 1994

De Mist verkoelt het geluid (song-cycle, text by Katelijne Vander Hallen), mixed chorus, 1994

Due Canti (text by Giuseppe Ungaretti), male chorus, 1995

Costolonot, 8–16 mixed voices, 1999

Vier Kleengedichtjes (text by Guido Gezelle), mixed chorus, 1999

Gezelle (oratorio, text by Guido Gezelle), soloists, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1999

Drie Kleengedichtjes, 4 equal voices, 2001


Vem noite, soprano, 10 players, 1991

Een Tent van tamarinde (song-cycle), high voice, piano, 1986–93

Sieben Trakllieder (text by Georg Trakl), tenor, piano, string quartet, 1994–95

Three Love Songs (texts by James Joyce, anonymous sources from India), soprano, flute, violin, viola, harpsichord, 1995

Vier Jahreszeiten (text by Georg Trakl), high voice, piano, 1995

Trois Chansons (text by Jacques Prévert), baritone, piano, 1995

Drie Erotische Liedekens (text by Beatrijs van Craenenbroeck), soprano, guitar, 1995–96

Les Heures claires (song-cycle, text by Emile Verhaeren), baritone, orchestra, 1996

Les Heures d'après-midi (text by Emile Verhaeren), soprano, 5 clarinets, piano, 1997–98 (also version for soprano, piano, 1997–98)

Gezelle Triptiek (text by Guido Gezelle), soprano, bass clarinet (+ clarinet, E-flat clarinet), piano, 1998

Reynaert de Vos (text by Walter van den Broeck), speaker, piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 French horns, percussion, 1999 (version of chamber work)

Three Gezelle Songs (text by Guido Gezelle), middle voice, piano, 1999

Ave Maria, soprano, organ, 2000

Les Tambours d'Antan (text by Anton van Wilderode), mezzo-soprano, flute, 2 percussion, 2000

Gartenmusik (text by Emile Verhaeren), soprano, tenor, orchestra, 2000 (four of its songs may be performed separately as Four Orchestral Songs)

O Guardador, speaker ad libitum, 2 flutes, percussion, 2001 (also version for speaker, 2 flutes, bassoon, percussion, 2001)


Uit de kleine wildernis, 1986–95

Reflection I, 2000


Toccatella op 'Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme', 1981

Partita op 'Ruk open Heer de hemelpoort', 1984

Game 1, 1988

Battaglia interotta, 1989

Elegie voor Carl and Karel, 1993

Le Limonaire, 2000

L'Orgue de Barbarie (hommage à Adriaan Willaert), 2000

Thamasoo ma jyothir gamaya, 2000

Six Meditations, 2000


Millennium Music, 1999–2000

DISCOGRAPHY (as composer)

Toccatella op 'Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme'. Koor Rondinella, organ (1985) (LP)

Birds. Vier op 'n rij (Vox Temporis/René Gailly International Productions: 92 004, 1992)

Jobutsu. Geert Van Gele, recorder, crotales (Vox Temporis/René Gailly International Productions: 92 031, 1992)

Aquarioso. Trompetkoor van Vlaanderen (DiGi Classics: DC 9410002, 1994)

Partita op 'Ruk open Heer de hemelpoort'. Kamiel D'Hooghe, organ (CODO: 21-97/1, 1997)

Tres Danzas festivas. I Cherubini (iCP: 1, 1999)

Gezelle Triptiek. Reinhilde Weytjens, soprano; Freddy Coppé, clarinets; Dirk Verbrugghe, piano (Phaedra, 1999)

Reynaert de Vos (original version). I Solisti del Vento (Galaxy Studios/I Solisti del Vento: 99-01, 1999)

Millennium Music. Orchestra of the Stedelijke Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans in Bornem (Gate Productions, 2000)

A Turkish Bumblebee. Walter Boeykens Ensemble (Serie Festival, 2000)

Marcatissimo. Marcato Piano Quartet (René Gailly International Productions: 87 177, 2001)

Carpe diem. Europeaan Koperkwintet (Pavane: ADW 7294)

Sanpaku (excerpt). Vier op 'n rij (Dr. Carl-Dörken-Stiftung)

Four Poems (excerpt). Ensemble Voca Lisa (Klara: 1536)

DISCOGRAPHY (as organist)

Various works (Giuseppe Aldrovandini, Henry Purcell, Alessandro Scarlatti, other composers). Marie-Noëlle de Callataÿ, soprano; Alain Roelant, trumpet; Jan Van Landeghem, organ (Pavane: ADW 7223)

Various works (Johann Sebastian Bach, Nikolaus Bruhns, Johann Jakob Froberger, other composers). Alain Roelant, trumpet; Jan Van Landeghem, organ (Pavane: ADW 7281)

Various works (Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Purcell). Jan Van Landeghem, organ (Pavane: ADW 7339)

Various works (Nikolaus Bruhns, Dietrich Buxtehude, Girolamo Frescobaldi). Jan Van Landeghem, organ (Associazione Culturale Mons Celestino Escher)