- revised by Herbert Antcliffe,
- Corneel Mertens
- and Diana von Volborth-Danys
(b Antwerp, Feb 5, 1868; d Antwerp, June 24, 1952). Belgian conductor and composer. He studied with Jan Blockx and Peter Benoit at the Antwerp School of Music, and in 1893 he won the Belgian Prix de Rome with his cantata Lady Macbeth. Appointed professor of counterpoint and fugue at the Antwerp Conservatory in 1902, he directed that institution from 1924 until 1933 and taught at the Lemmens Institute, Mechelen. He was the first director and conductor of the Nouveaux Concerts d’Anvers, founded in 1914. Mortelmans’s teaching attracted many gifted pupils, among them De Jong and Peeters. An enthusiast for the Flemish movement, he was president of the Society of Flemish Composers and made many settings of Guido Gezelle, the leading Flemish poet of the 19th century. In 1921 Mortelmans toured the United States, where his songs met with great praise from both press and public. Several of his works were published by Schirmer of New York and by the Composers’ Music Corporation. For the last 20 years of his life Mortelmans lived in the countryside and devoted himself exclusively to composition. He was made a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium....