EXISTING COMPOSITIONS & NEW RELEASES

Aus der Tiefe
In Flanders Fields:
Newly recorded by Vokaal Ensemble Musa Horti, Peter Dejans conductor, www.musahorti.be

Le cose ultime
Released on Newton Classics NC8802171 under the title Music for van Dyck: Chansons and Madrigals from the 16th and 20th centuries, sung by Ring Around Quartet.

Pentalpha: Newly recorded by Koor & Stem for their Jubileum book, Koor Cyclus A Capella Antwerpen en Kempen 1989-2014, Johan Duijck conductor

More information on the Recordings page

The Great War

To commemorate The Great War of 1914-1918, Raymond's setting of In Flanders Fields by John McCrae has been published by CVM, Antwerpen. We are grateful to the publisher and also to Peter Dejans and his choir Musa Horti, who have put this on their CD Aus der Tiefe.

Many aspects of war, commemoration and/or remembrance are to be found in the music of Raymond Schroyens, among others:

  • O, als ik dood zal zijn from Pentalpha
  • In Flanders Fields
  • I died for Beauty from Six Dickinson Miniatures
  • O Trost der Welt from Eichendorff Lieder
  • A Voice in Rama from Three Canticles
  • Voorbij de Zon en de Wind

All of these can be found in Mixed Voices (pdf).
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Career

Raymond Schroyens mainly composes choral music, but also instrumental solo pieces, chamber music and combinations of both. His transatlantic career has included time spent not only as a composer and performer but also as a producer and director of music programmes for television and radio. He continued to teach throughout his career, taking on the role of Professor of Harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Brussels as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees and Musical Advisor for the Festival of Flanders, Mechelen.
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Composition

Vocal music caught his attention at the age of nine when he was a boy soprano in the Mechelen Cathedral Choir, one of the 270 choristers. He started to compose at an early age, his first serious work dating from 1953. Ever since, the list of vocal compositions has grown steadily outnumbering his instrumental output. Prominent compositions since then are: Pentalpha – Les Muses Gaillardes - Crépuscule – Songs at midnight – Eleusis –Lied to the sun – In Vigiliam – Emed – Winter Rituals – Vocalises – Beobachtung 2000 – Beyond the Dream - Before Sundown .
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