It was only after his retirement in 1996, that Raymond Decancq could give all his energy and time to his compositions. These past 20 years resulted in a long list of compositions for piano, chamber music ensembles, harmony orchestra and choral music.
Belgian composer, pianist and conductor Raymond Decancq (°1935) studied piano and harmony in Roeselare and Gent. After his father and grandfather, he started his working life as a professional tailor, playing the piano in the evenings in several amusement orchestra’s, big bands and jazz combo’s.
After 1968 he could finally turn fully to music, and worked as a general music teacher in several schools in his region. During that time he worked together with Marcel Bryon on a series of 8 workbooks for the general musical education courses, entitled “Ik leer muziek (I learn music)”.
He wrote a couple of very successful ensemble works for wind instruments : among others “A Playful Quartet” for clarinet or saxophone quartet is very popular, also for accomplished clarinet or sax choirs, as you can establish for yourself in this performance.
But his “Tango & Humoreske” for piano solo is also worth taking up. Talented youngsters like this Téo makes any pianist want to play this as well as he does :