- Corneel Mertens
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(b Aarschot, May 19, 1884; d Etterbeek, Brussels, June 29, 1966). Belgian conductor and composer. He studied under Edgar Tinel at the Lemmens Institute, Mechelen (1900–06), where he was a professor until 1914. From 1916 to 1930 he was director of the organ and song school at Hasselt; he then left for Brussels, where he was made conductor, and later director, of Belgian radio. He left this position in 1942 to devote his time to composition. The numerous awards made to him include the Flemish Academy’s Boury Prize for his songs, the prize for a symphony awarded by the SABAM (the Belgian composers’ union) in 1947, the Noordstar-Boerhave Prize in 1950 and the Jef Denijn Prize (1950) for his Serenata for carillon. The Arthur Meulemans Foundation was established in Antwerp in 1956 for the publication of scores and discs of his music. Meulemans’s most important work was for the orchestra. He wrote a great deal and demonstrated a brilliant orchestral technique considerably influenced by French Impressionism, although there is individuality in the descriptive nature of some of the symphonic poems that were stimulated by the naturalism of Flemish Renaissance painters. He wrote the music for a play, ...