JOSEPH RYELANDT (1870 - 1965)
Baron Joseph Ryelandt was born in Bruges, where, for many years, he was director of the Conservatory. A member of an old aristocratic Belgian family, he found expression in much of his music for his profound and traditional Catholic beliefs.
Ryelandt wrote four oratorios and religious choral works that include settings of texts by Paul Claudel. It is the oratorios in particular that have found audiences abroad.