A brief overview

   
1954 Graduate, Lemmensinstitute Mechelen
1958 Graduate Roy. Flem. Cons. of Mus. Antwerpen, major: organ (Flor Peeters)
1958-60 Director of Church Music, Dearborn/Detroit, Mich. USA
1962-72 Harpsichordist with Concertino J.B.Loeillet, Mechelen
1963-93 Chief music producer at the BRT-Brussel, Radio 3 (classical music) and Head of department Programming and Studio recording, Radio 3.
1970-93 Professor of harpsichord, Royal Conservatory of Music, Brussel and City Music Academy, Mechelen
1983-2000 Member Board of Trustees and Musical Advisor, Festival of Flanders, Mechelen
1994-99 Chairman Ars Organi, Mechelen
1996-97 Chairman Flemish Federation for Young Choirs, Ghent
 
1967 First Bulgarian State Prize winner for piano accompaniment, Sofia
1970 Prizewinner of the International Composers Competition for Carillon music, Mechelen
1983 Prizewinner of the Fuga Trophy, Sabam & Union of Belgian Composers, Brussel

Raymond Schroyens b. Mechelen (Belgium), 1933

He obtained a Master of Music at Mechelen's Lemmens Institute (1954) and at the Royal Flemish Conservatorium of Music in Antwerp (Koninlijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium, Antwerpen), taking a masters in organ with the renowned Flor Peeters (1958). This took him to the USA as Director of Music. From 1963 till 1993 Schroyens built up a music career at the Belgian National Radio in Brussels (Belgische Radio en Televisie). In 1971, a teaching position in harpsichord at the Brussels Royal Conservatorium of Music (Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussel), as well as the Music Academy of his native town, was added to his curriculum till his official retirement in 1993.

Performer

R. Schroyens has played a number of harpsichord concerts, as a soloist (e.g. with the Karl Münchinger Chamber Orchestra, in duo with Robert Veyron-Lacroix) and in instrumental groups. Among other radio stations, he has played a number of recording productions for the BBC. Nonetheless he kept close to his first love: piano accompaniment in Lied performance. In 1967, he was awarded an official prize in this field at an International Contest sponsored by the Bulgarian State.

Other Delights

The composer also writes poetry and articles on various subjects. This, however, does not interfere with his delight in Music which – in the wake of absolute priority for his American wife and first lady – he still considers as his second spouse. Raymond Schroyens mainly composes choral music, but also instrumental solo pieces, chamber music and combinations of both.

Musical Highlights

His Battery for Bells (1975) was awarded a prize in the International Competition for Carillon Composition held in Mechelen, although RS is not a carilloneur.

Vocal music caught his attention at the age of nine (1942), since he was a boy soprano in the Mechelen Cathedral Choir, one of the 270 choristers. He started to compose at an early age, his serious work dating from 1953. Ever since the list of vocal compositions has grown steadily, outnumbering his instrumental output.

R.S. composed solo songs as well as greater Song Cycles, such as De la lumière aux ténèbres and Before Sundown. Among his instrumental works are: Thinking of July the 4th (Org) - PianosonataAcacia floreat (Wnd3)Templum (Brass5)Aureols (Brass ens.)Gaia (pianoduet)Al di la del Sonno (Str.Orch.)Eleusis (Sax " piano)Beetles, Butterflies and Birds (Mand.&Guit.)Hallt im Gedächtnis (Harp'rd solo).

In addition to the already listed choral scores, the following prominent mixed choruses should be mentioned: Adagio Triptych (Flem. Text)Three Canticles (Religious) - Songs of Silence (Flem.txt.)Missa Spes et Dubitatio (+ Org.)Trois Verlaines - Veni dilecte mi (Song of Songs, 3eq. fem.v.).

In function of his practice as a harpsichordist and continuo player, he realized some 40 written-out basso continuo-accompaniments to vocal baroque songs and aria's, and 25 partimento's (concert style accomp.) of several-movement baroque Trio-sonatas. In his discipline, he also edited two full-blown Cantatas, one by Joseph Hector Fiocco (1704-1741) and one by Carolus Hacquart (1740-?1708), both Flemish baroque composers.