Karel Goeyvaerts

Karel Goeyvaerts

Antwerp 8 June 1923–February 3, 1993, Antwerp.
Belgian composer, best known in serialism and minimalism.

After having received a humanistic education in Antwerp, he took courses at the Lemmens Institute in Malines. From 1943 until 1947 he studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Antwerp. From 1947 until 1950 he studied composition with Darius Milhaud, music analysis with Olivier Messiaen and was in addition the pupil of Maurice Martenot at the "Conservatoire National" in Paris. In 1949 he was awarded the 2nd Prize for Composition and the Lili Boulanger Prize at the same Conservatoire. He obtained the Halphen Prize in 1950.

During the winter of 1950-51, he wrote the "Sonata for two pianos". Because of its decisive and total stylistic novelty he designated this work as "Composition No 1", thus rejecting all his former work. With this sonata he created a structural synthesis of the dodecaphonic system of Anton Webern and the teachings of Olivier Messiaen and laid the foundations for generalized "punctual" serialism. He demonstrated the application of this technique on the electronic medium in his compositions Nrs. 4, 5 and 7. During the period 1951-1956, he influenced directly through personal contact and intensive correspondence the musical creativity of Karlheinz Stockhausen, whom he met during the summer-courses of 1951 in Darmstadt. In 1953, Goeyvaerts and Stockhausen produced the first electronic music in the studio of the NWDR in Cologne.

In 1970 the BRT appointed him as producer at the "Institute of Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music" (IPEM) in Ghent. Since 1974 he is in charge of the New Music productions for BRT-3 in Brussels. Karel Goeyvaerts received several awards, such as the Koopal Prize in 1967 and the Visser-Neerlandia Prize in 1969. He also was given commissions by the BRT, the Festival of Flanders and the NOS (Nederlandse Omroepstichting). His works have been performed in several European countries, in Canada, the United States, Japan and at the festivals of the "International Society for Contemporary Music" (ISCM) Brussels 1950, Oslo 1953, Graz 1972 and Bonn 1977.


Karel Goeyvaerts Discography Tracks


SP 6015 Lucien Goethals / Karel Goeyvaerts Lucien Goethals / Karel Goeyvaerts - IPEM 1963-73(LP) Alpha Brussels SP 6015 Belgium 1973 Sell This Version
DBM-N 251 Karel Goeyvaerts Ach Golgatha / Pour Que Les Fruits Mûrissent Cet Été(LP) Alpha Brussels DBM-N 251 Belgium 1977 Sell This Version
Karel Goeyvaerts Litanies (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule, Lome Arme Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
MDC 7877 Karel Goeyvaerts, Champ D'Action Karel Goeyvaerts, Champ D'Action - Champ D'Action Plays Karel Goeyvaerts(CD, Album) Megadisc MDC 7877 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
MDC 7853 Karel Goeyvaerts String Quartets(CD, Album) Megadisc Classics MDC 7853 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
MDC 7848 Karel Goeyvaerts Works for piano ( 1964-1990)(CD, Album) Megadisc Classics MDC 7848 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
MDC 7850/51 Karel Goeyvaerts Aquarius (Ère Du Verseau)(2xCD, Album) Megadisc Classics MDC 7850/51 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
MDC 7845 Karel Goeyvaerts The Serial Works [# 1-7](CD, Album) Megadisc Classics MDC 7845 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version


Karel Goeyvaerts Pour Que Les Fruits Mûrissent Cet Été / Op Acht Paarden Wedden (Comp) Finders Keepers Records, Cacophonic UK 2013 Sell This Version


MDC 7829/30 Karel Goeyvaerts amor[t](2xCD) Megadisc Classics MDC 7829/30 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version

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