Veremans, Renaat, Belgian composer, opera administrator, and teacher; b. Lierre, March 2, 1894; d. Antwerp, June 5, 1969. He received training at the Lemmens Inst. in Mechelen and from De Boeck at the Antwerp Cons., winning the premier prix in organ and piano (1914). From 1921 to 1944 he was director of the Flemish Opera in Antwerp. He also taught at the Antwerp Cons. As a composer, Veremans remained faithful to the Romantic tradition.
dramatic: Opera: Beatrijs (1928); Anna-Marie (Antwerp, Feb. 22, 1938); Biet je (1954); Lanceloot en Sanderien (Antwerp, Sept. 13, 1968). Operetta: Various pieces. ORCH.: 3 syms. (1959, 1961, 1968); Trumpet Concerto (1960); Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orch. (1962); Concerto for Oboe and Small Orch. (1964); Horn Concerto (1965); symphonic poems. OTHER: Chamber music; choruses; many songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire