Herman Roelstraete

Category:componist
20.10.1925 - Kortrijk, 01.04.1985
Genre(s):20ste eeuw

Biography

Herman Roelstraete was born in 1925 in Lauwe. In 1939 he attended the verger’s school in Torhout, where he acquired a love for Gregorian Chant, organ, and the “Flemish Question”, three subjects that would often find their expression in his music. In 1942 he began his studies at the Lemmens Institute with Henri Durieux (harmony), Marinus de Jong (piano and counterpoint), Flor Peeters (organ) and Jules Van Nuffel (choral conducting and aesthetics of music). After his final exam at the Lemmens Institute, he went to the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where he earned first prizes in singing (Marice Weynand), counterpoint (Marcel Poot) and organ (Paul de Maleingrau). Several years later, Roelstraete continued his studies in orchestral direction, orchestration and composition at the Brussels conservatory. He played an important part in the cultural life of West Flanders, founding choirs, ensembles and orchestras, researching folksongs and assisting other conductors. Roelstraete and Karel Anneessens went to England together to look for instruments belonging to the Anneessens family; he later wrote a history of these instruments. He inspected more than 270 organs in Flanders, creating a register that includes the names of the builders.
In 1950, Roelstraete became director of the music academy in Izegem, where he created new departments and courses, increased the number of students, founded a concert series and taught a number of different courses himself. He was also a singing teacher for a time and enjoyed a short career as a soloist. This came to a sudden end when he incurred a temporary paralysis of the vocal chords.
The founding of the Musica Flandorum association represented the crowning achievement of his life’s work. This organisation had three departments which promoted fogotten Flemish music: a chamber choir, a music publisher and a department chiefly involved with the study of forgotten scores.
In 1957, Roelstrate studied dodecaphony with Máttyás Seiber.

Selective bibliography
- J. DEWILDE, Herman Roelstraete. Muzikale retrospectieve, Leuven, 1996
- L. GOOSEN, Ter nagedachtenis aan Herman Roelstraete (1925-1985), in Vlaanderen, 1990, p. 331-334
- H. SCHOTTE, Ter nagedachtenis aan Herman Roelstraete (1925-1985), in Vlaanderen, 1990, p.130-132
- K. SCHELDEMAN, Herman Roelstraete en zijn orgelwerken, verhandeling Lemmensinstituut, 1991
- J. VANOVERBEKE, Herman Roelstraete, Vichte, 1981
- H. WILLAERT, Koormuziek van Herman Roelstraete, in Muziek en Woord, 1985, 129, p. 4

©2002 Kristien Heirman, for Flanders Music Centre and MATRIX

Selective discography

Peter Benoit - Hoogmis 'Messe Solennelle' & RequiemPeter Benoit - Hoogmis 'Messe Solennelle' & Requiem (2017)
romanticism
BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Alexander Rahbari, Peter Benoit, BRTN Filharmonisch Koor, Herman Roelstraete, BRTN Koor, Kortrijks Koor, BRTN Kamerorkest (...)
Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 5Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 5 (2007)
20th century
Luk Vaes, Hans Ryckelynck, Frank Agsteribbe, Marcel Ketels, Philippe Souvagie, Peter Pieters, Jan Devlieger, Herman Roelstraete (...)
Muziek in West-Vlaanderen IMuziek in West-Vlaanderen I (2001)
20th century, Baroque
Hendricus-Jacobus de Croes, Herman Roelstraete, Veerle Secember, Matthias van den Gheyn, Dieudonné De Raick, Anne Pas, Herman Roelstraete, Marc Masson (...)
Krafft Frans Jozef - Missa de Requiem, MagnificatKrafft Frans Jozef - Missa de Requiem, Magnificat (1997)
classicism
Het Kortrijks Gemengd Koor, Frans Jozef Krafft, Herman Roelstraete
Benoit Peter - Requiem - 1863Benoit Peter - Requiem - 1863 (1992)
romanticism
BRT Koor, BRT Kamerorkest, Peter Benoit, Het Kortrijks Gemengd Koor, Vic Nees, Herman Roelstraete
Herman Roelstraete - Exodus, 5 OrgelsonatinesHerman Roelstraete - Exodus, 5 Orgelsonatines (1984)
20th century
Herman Roelstraete, Herman Roelstraete, Rudi Tas
P. Benoit - RequiemP. Benoit - Requiem (1982)
choir music, romanticism
BRT Koor, Peter Benoit, Vic Nees, Het Kortrijks Gemengd Koor, Herman Roelstraete, Kamerorkest van de BRT
V. Nees - H. RoelstraeteV. Nees - H. Roelstraete (1973)
choir music, 20th century
Audite Nova, Vic Nees, Kamiel Cooremans, Het Kortrijks Gemengd Koor, Herman Roelstraete, Herman Roelstraete

Selectieve discografie als componist

The Flemish piano sonatina in the 20th centuryThe Flemish piano sonatina in the 20th century (2016)
20th century
Daniel Blumenthal, Flor Peeters, Prosper Van Eechaute, Joseph Ryelandt, Marinus de Jong, Georges Lonque, Jos Van Roy, Godfried Devreese (...)
Twintig jaar het orgel in Vlaanderen vzw 1990-2010Twintig jaar het orgel in Vlaanderen vzw 1990-2010 (2010)
20th century, romanticism, classicism, Baroque
Luc Ponet, Thomas Babou , Jan Vermeire, François-Joseph Fétis, Johan Hermans, Jean Adam Guilain, Joris Verdin, Peeter Cornet (...)
Caeli et terraCaeli et terra (2008)
20th century, Baroque, early music
Herman Roelstraete, De BeKooRing, Elzbieta Ring, Josquin Desprez
Historical Organ, Dendermonde (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)Historical Organ, Dendermonde (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) (2007)
20th century, romanticism
Herman Roelstraete, Jaak-Nikolaas Lemmens, Peeter Cornet, Georg Böhm, Peter Thomas, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 5Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 5 (2007)
20th century
Luk Vaes, Hans Ryckelynck, Frank Agsteribbe, Marcel Ketels, Philippe Souvagie, Peter Pieters, Jan Devlieger, Herman Roelstraete (...)
Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 1Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 1 (2001)
20th century
Herman Roelstraete, Victor Legley, Elias Gistelinck, Louis De Meester, Willy Ostijn, Jan Decadt, Jules Bouquet, Georges Maes (...)
Muziek in West-Vlaanderen IMuziek in West-Vlaanderen I (2001)
20th century, Baroque
Hendricus-Jacobus de Croes, Herman Roelstraete, Veerle Secember, Matthias van den Gheyn, Dieudonné De Raick, Anne Pas, Herman Roelstraete, Marc Masson (...)
Koor van het jaar 1999-2000Koor van het jaar 1999-2000 (2000)
classical
Diverse uitvoerders, Jos Wuytack, Vic Nees, Peter Cabus, Marie-Madeleine Durufle, Erika Budai, Akira Miyoshi, Ludo Claesen (...)
Herman Roelstraete - RetrospectieveHerman Roelstraete - Retrospectieve (1996)
20th century
Els Crommen, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, BRTN Koor, Guido De Neve, Nico Baltussen, Leo De Neve, Jan Sciffer, Renaat Beheydt (...)
Herman Roelstraete - KamermuziekHerman Roelstraete - Kamermuziek (1995)
20th century
Paul Klinck, Gunther Broucke, Herman Roelstraete

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