Prinsloo, Franco


Franco Prinsloo grew up in the town of Middelburg, in Mapumalanga, South Africa. He studied music in Potchefstroom and sang in the PUK-choir under direction of Awie van Wyk where he developed his love for composition and choral music. He composes in a great variety of styles including choral, classical contemporary, new music, cabaret and theatre as well as pop music and electronica. He has composed and directed extensively for the stage including Maanmond (2009) Boegoe vannie liefde (2010) Pygmalion (2011) A Dolls House (2012) Skroothonde (2013) A Clockwork Orange and Marat/Sade (2014) to name but a few highlights. He is an active composer for The Paz Consort in Pretoria, produces original concerts with fellow composers and performers in and around Gauteng and also writes commissions for choirs, soloists and ensembles etc. in South Africa. As a solo performer he has toured the country's arts festival scene for numerous years with classical music productions, cabaret, film, drama and musical theatre. "Prinsloo assimilates and unites disparate traditions within his own idiom" - Paul Boekkooi, Beeld.


Chamber music


1." Gesniet" for two cellos, viola, violin, alto saxophone, piano and tenor based on poetry by Alwyn Roux

a. Waar sonne kom water drink by.              die rivier

b. Ek het jou verruil vir 'n veldbrand

c. Gaan dieper dierlik dier

d. Ek sien jou in 'n spieël


"Tenebris Ignis" for solo violin and piano.


"7 Intuitions and reincarnations" for piano, slow motion piano and classical guitar




"Nocturnes" (W.E.G Louw) for Soprano and piano.

   a. Eerste Wintersnag

   b. Voor die venster

   c. Alleen op die wapad



" Noodluik" for Soprano, Cello, Harp and clarinet based on poetry by E. Eybers.

    a. Twaalfuur

    b. Treurkwatryn

    c. Stilte

    d. Sotto voce

    e. Papier is geduldig


"3 Nagliedjies" (W.E.G Louw) for Bariton and piano.


"2 Louw-liedjies" (W.E.G Louw and N.P van wyk Louw)

   a. Nagliedjie

   b. Ek hoor


"Tragos" for Soprano, tenor, piano and classical guitar based on poetry by Alwyn Roux

  a. Blinde vlegsel

  b. Die nagkant van jou hart

  c. Die aanklag

  d. In die agtermiddag by die wilgerboom


"Maanmond songs" (Breyten Breytenbach)

 a. Liefdesdag

 b. Sterre slaap nooit nie  



Choral works


" Two Elegies for a capella choir"

   a. Agnus Dei

   b. Et vos Igitur


"Walvisnota" (R. Bohenen) for SATB chorus and piano


"Mag die bome groen bly" (B. Breytenbach) SATB chorus and piano


"Sterwelinge onder sterre" (W.E.G Louw) for SSAA chorus divisi and piano.


"Die Sirkus" for SATB chorus and piano


"Die middernag seties" for SA chorus and piano


"Die rommel restaurant" for SSA chorus and piano


"Kom vannag in my drome" (N.P van Wyk Louw) for SATB chorus and piano 4-hands.


Dramatic works


"Maanmond" for 3 singers and piano based on poetry by Breyten Breytenbach


"Boegoe vannie liefde" musical theatre production based on poetry by Hans duPlessis


Original score for "A Dolls House" directed by Karina Lemmer


Original score for "A Clockwork Orange"

directed by Karina Lemmer


Original score for "Die Ryke dwaas" (10 piano intuitions) a poetry-film


"The Imaginary Song book of the Homunculus" a cabaret in 2 acts


"Rymdwang en ander epiese gekkighede" 2 act cabaret for soloist and jazz trio.

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