Composer's own characterization

“I characterize my music as contemporary/late romantic, meaning that the sound is derived from contemporary esthetics (harmony, rhythm) while the sentiments and moods are somewhat linked to the recent past.”

“My vocal music is strongly attached to the natural prosody of the text. The flow of the sentences depends upon the impact of the basic binary and ternary meter of the individual words, whence the continuously changing time signatures. The approach should result in a flowing legato singing”.


“The difference between my vocal and my instrumental writing is determined by the natural limits of both these media. I avoid exceeding the compass of the human voice, and rather prefer the doubling of the vocal parts than straining the singers’ voices. In instrumental scores, however, one can extend the limits much farther, and also introduce more complicated rhythms. Nevertheless, I often like to think in vocal terms while writing for instrumental parts; under the influence of the so-called “renewed German choir sounds and esthetics” (late 50s), I wrote various folksong arrangements and choral works. To a certain degree, this also influenced my instrumental approach. Exceptionally the opposite is also true”.


“Although style evolves rather slowly and spreads itself over several years, a change of expression does become noticeable. Just as in speech, musical vocabulary, composition of sentences, flavor of harmonic sounds, all obey a time change and different discipline. In both my recent choral and instrumental music, the use of bitonal chords in super-position has become prominent; this creates an organ-inspired sound effect, and thus adds an appealing gravity to the performance”.

Publications in Reference Books

  • Winkler Prins Encyclopedie Van Vlaanderen (1974, Brussel):
    Schroyens Raymond (p.204)
  • International Register Of Profiles (1977, Cambridge, Eng.
    R.S. (p.679)
  • Men Of Achievement (1977, IBC, Cambridge, Eng.)
    R.S. (p.556)
  • Dictionary Of International Biography (1979, Cambridge, Eng.)
    R.S. (p.864)
  • Who's Who In Music 1980, (Cambridge, Eng.)
    R.S. (p.991)
  • Who's Who In Europe (1983, Waterloo, Belg.)
    R.S (p.1959)
  • Muziekconservatorium Gent (1983, Gent) :
    De koormuziek bij Raymond Schroyens. Stijlanalyse eindwerk koordirectie.
  • Algemene Muziek Encyclopedie (1983, De Haan-Weesp, Belg, Ned.) :
    R.S. (pp. 101-102)
  • International Book Of Honor, 1985, (American Biographical Institute Raleigh,NC.)
    R.S. (p.562)
  • Who's Who In Vlaanderen (2003, Hove, Belg)
    R.S. (p.937)
  • LEVAUX Thierry, 2005 ’Dictionnaire Des Compositeurs De Belgique Du Moyen Age A Nos Jours’ (Ohain-Lasne, Belg.), R.S. p.561)
  • International Biographical Association Directory (2005-6, Ely, Eng.)
    S.R. (p.264)
  • Lazri & Simon, Who Is Who In Choral Music (2006)
    R.S. (p.231)
  • Flavie Roquet, Lexicon Vlaamse Componisten Geboren Na 1800
    (Roularta, Belg.2007. RS p.626)
  • Simon De Rycke, Tijd In Noot:
    Zeilend Tussen Oude Meesters Gesprek met Raymond Schroyens. Ambrozijn jg. 25/4 (p.19)
    Een gesprek met Raymond Schroyens, Stemband Jg.6 Nr.3 (Juli 2008) (p.12)
  • STEMBAND Jg.6 Nr.3, (p.15.) Patrick Van Looy :
    Raymond Schroyens en pure poëzie: 'THO’ IT WERE TEN THOUSAND MILE'
  • A.N.Z, (May-June 1985, Antwerpen) XIII, no.3:
    Tel uw herinneringen-I
  • A.N.Z, (July-Aug.-Sept. 1985, Antwerpen) XIII, n°. 4-5:
    Tel uw herinneringen- II
  • DE TWEEDE ADEM, (December 1990, Gent):
    Interview met Raymond Schroyens (Pentalpha, Six Dickinson Miniatures, My love is like a red, red rose)
  • DE TWEEDE ADEM, (March 1991, Gent):
    Drie open zangstonden rond Raymond Schroyens
  • DE TWEEDE ADEM, (June 1993, Gent):
    Ten huize Sarabande, een geprek met R. Schroyens
  • VFJK (October 1993, Gent), XXVII, n° 8 :
    Raymond Schroyens, een zelfportert
  • VAN HAPEREN, Joon (1997):
    PENTALPHA van Raymond Schroyens. situering van de partituur, als eindwerk voor het A(ntwerps M(uziek) C(onservatorium).
  • FESTIVAL VAN VLAANDEREN (Brochure 1998). Marcel Lambrichts:
    Raymond Schroyens, een plusser