Glorieux, François, Belgian pianist, composer, teacher, and conductor; b. Courtrai, Aug. 27, 1932. He studied at the Royal Cons, in Ghent (graduated, 1953), then toured as a pianist. He taught chamber music at the Royal Cons, in Ghent, and was head of the summer courses in piano at the Royal Cons, in Antwerp. He became especially successful in presenting entertaining improvisational recitals in 5 languages; also conducted his own 25- member orch. from 1979. His compositions run the gamut from serious works to popular scores and arrangements, the last including pieces by Stan Kenton and Michael Jackson. He also prepared a new version of the Belgian national anthem (1981).
ORCH Manhattan for Piano and Orch. (1973-74; Antwerp, March 28, 1974); Walking on the Street for Big Band (1975); Contrasts for Tenor Trombone and Orch. (1988). B a l l e t : L’Enigme (1964); Ritus paganus (1972); The Dream (1982). ELECTRONIC: Hello Mister Joplin for Synthesizers (1982). VOCAL: Glorieux Hymn for Organ or Synthesizer, Brass, Percussion, and Chorus ad libitum (1988). OTHER: Rip van Winkel, television musical (1969); Evolution for African Percussion Instruments, Piano, Electric Guitar, and Drums (1975); Tribute to Stan Kenton for Piano, Flute, Brass, Bass Guitar, and Percussion (1976); Fanfare for Europe for Brass and Percussion Ensemble (1977-78); In memoriam Stan Kenton for Piano, Flute, Brass, Bass Guitar, and Percussion (1979); Tribute to Michael Jackson, instrumental suite in 8 parts (1984-88); The Legend of Bruce Lee for Flute, Synthesizers, Brass, and Percussion (1986); 6 Pieces for 8 Trumpets (1988); other chamber works; film scores.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire