Raoul De Smet

Show also: Raoul De Smet, Simon De Rijcke

Category:componist
Genre(s):Klassiek, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw

Biography

Raoul De Smet was born on 27 October 1936 in Borgerhout. He studied the philology of Romance languages and music history at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. After this he took a year of specialisation on a study grant in Madrid and Salamanca. He then worked as a teacher for four years in Tunisia, after which he taught Spanish at the Katholieke Vlaamse Hogeschool in Antwerp. His gained his basic musical training (solfège, harmony, piano) at the Music Academy in Deurne. Apart from this training, he was self-taught as a musician until he undertook studies in 1966 with Lucien Goethals and Louis De Meester at the IPEM (Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music) in Ghent, with August Verbesselt in Antwerp and with Ton de Leeuw in Amsterdam. Through his own studies of theoretical works (Schönberg, Krenek, Koechlin, Messiaen and others) and of scores, and by listening to a wide variety of genres, he developed his own personal musical language.
In 1972 De Smet took part in the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, where two of his works were performed. He also participated in the Gaudeamus Days in Bilthoven. In 1976 he took part in the Seminar on Contemporary American Music in Salzburg. In 1977 he represented IPEM at the Colloquium Musica/Sintesi as part of the Biennale in Venice.
From 1974 to 1994 Raoul De Smet organised the Orphische Avonden (Orphic Evenings) in Antwerp, featuring concerts of contemporary (mainly Flemish) chamber music in Antwerp. Between 1980 and 1984 he was a member of the board of the Centrum voor Muziek in Leuven. From 1983 to 1993, De Smet programmed concerts of contemporary music in the foyer of the Antwerp Stadsschouwburg (City theatre). In 1976, 1985 and 1990 he organised the Electronic Music Days at the ICC (International Cultural Centre) and the deSingel. In 1981 he began the E.M. series, an edition in facsimile of chamber music by Flemish composers. In 1987 he established the Orpheus Prize, a biennial international competition for the interpretation of contemporary chamber music. Since 1999 he has organised the Belgian Chocolates Festival.

Selective bibliography
- Y. KNOCKAERT, art. De Smet, Raoul, in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, uitg. dr. S. SADIE, 7, 2001, p. 242
- Y. KNOCKAERT, art. Raoul De Smet: in cijfers gevatte vrijblijvendheid, in Kunst en Cultuur, 1992, p. 14-15
- Y. KNOCKAERT, De modernisten. Generatie °1930-40, in Nieuwe muziek in Vlaanderen, uitg. dr. M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT en H. SABBE, Brugge, 1998, p. 117-118
- art. Raoul De Smet, in Algemene Muziekencyclopedie, uitg. dr. J. ROBIJNS en M. ZIJLSTRA, 7, 1981, p. 177
- Y. SENDEN, art. Een oorstrelende dissonant, in Muziek & Woord, december 1991, p. 40
- S. MOENS, art. Ulrike, een verre tragedie, in Muziek & Woord, juni 1989, p. 2
- S. BATENS, art. Raoul De Smet, in Even aanzoemen, 2001, jaargang 28, nr. 4-5, p. 7
- P. JANSSEN, art. Muzikaal Donquichottisme, in Mens & Melodie, 2002, jaargang 52, nr. 2/8, p. 44-48


List of works and work review: www.matrix-new-music.be
Consulting scores: Matrix

Selectieve discografie als componist

Dit denken aan u ....1936Dit denken aan u ....1936 (2013)
20th century
Jean Lambrechts, Stefaan Desmet, Kurt Bikkembergs, Raoul De Smet, Capella di voce, Vic Nees, Frans Geysen, Jean Lambrechts (...)
IPEM. 50 years of electronic and electroacoustic music at the Ghent universityIPEM. 50 years of electronic and electroacoustic music at the Ghent university (2013)
Electro-Acoustic music
Diverse uitvoerders, Louis De Meester, Lucien Goethals, Didier Gazelle, David Van De Woestijne, Stefan Beyst, Helmut Lachenmann, Boudewijn Buckinx (...)
Fingerprints - Signaturen van componerend VlaanderenFingerprints - Signaturen van componerend Vlaanderen (2011)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Bert Van Herck, Filip Rathé, Spectra Ensemble, Simon De Poorter, Annelies Van Parys, Klaas Coulembier, Stéphane Vande Ginste, Noor Sommereyns (...)
WaterWater (2010)
21st century / contemporary
Deneyskwartet, Stefaan Vanheertum, Raoul De Smet
The weather insideThe weather inside (2005)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
Don Ross, Raoul De Smet, St. Crispin's Chamber Ensemble, Kenneth Girard, Don Ross, Shane Krepakevich, Stanislaw Moryto, Boudewijn Buckinx (...)
New Belgian EtudesNew Belgian Etudes (2002)
20th century
Boudewijn Buckinx, Yves Bondue, Stefan Van Puymbroeck, Raoul De Smet, Daniel Gistelinck, Roland Coryn, Frédéric Devreese, Hans Cafmeyer (...)
Miniaturen voor archipelMiniaturen voor archipel (2000)
20th century
Kris Matthynssens, Pieter Stas, Goeyvaerts Strijktrio, Jan Van Landeghem, Bart Meynckens, Stefaan De Bruyne, Bart Van Kerchove, Boudewijn Buckinx (...)
Vintage of European Saxophone Music 2: BelgiumVintage of European Saxophone Music 2: Belgium (2000)
20th century
Hans de Jong, Paul Hermsen, Joseph Jongen, Jean Absil, Léon Jongen, Marc Verhaegen, Raoul De Smet, Lucien Posman (...)
Raoul De Smet - ContrastenRaoul De Smet - Contrasten (1998)
20th century
Claude Coppens, Marieke Keser, Luc Vanvaerenbergh, Raoul De Smet, Robert Szreder
Musiche per van DyckMusiche per van Dyck (1997)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century, early music
Ring Around Quartet, Clément Janequin, Ennio Morricone, Josquin Desprez, Orlandus Lassus, Matteo D'Amico, Pierre De la Rue, Raymond Schroyens (...)

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