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5:47pm - Sep 15 2022
François van Campenhout - &quotLa Brabançonne&quot (National Anthem of BELGIUM), arr. Andrey Shilov
&quotLa Brabançonne&quot (Dutch: &quotDe Brabançonne&quot German: &quotDas Lied von Brabant&quot) is the national anthem of Belgium. The originally French title refers to Brabant the name is usually maintained untranslated in Belgium&aposs other two official languages, Dutch and German.
According to legend, the Belgian national anthem was written in September 1830, during the Belgian Revolution, by a young revolutionary called &quotJenneval&quot, who read the lyrics during a meeting at the Aigle d&aposOr cafe.
Jenneval, a Frenchman whose real name was Alexandre Dechet (sometimes known as Louis-Alexandre Dechet), did in fact write the Brabançonne. At the time, he was an actor at the theatre where, in August 1830, the revolution started which led to independence from the Netherlands. Jenneval died in the war of independence. François van Campenhout composed the accompanying score, based on the tune of a French song called &quotL&aposAir des lanciers polonais&quot (&quotthe tune of the Polish Lancers&quot), written by the French poet Eugene de Pradel, whose tune was itself an adaptation of the tune of a song, &quotL&aposAir du magistrat irreprochable&quot, found in a popular collection of drinking songs called La Cle du caveau (The Key to the cellar) and it was first performed in September 1830.
In 1860, Belgium formally adopted the song and music as its national anthem, although the then prime minister, Charles Rogier edited out lyrics attacking the Dutch Prince of Orange.
The Brabançonne is also a monument (1930) by the sculptor Charles Samuel on the Surlet de Chokier square in Brussels (the picture of it is included in the video). The monument contains partial lyrics of both the French and Dutch versions of the anthem. Like many elements in Belgian folklore, this is mainly based on the French &quotLa Marseillaise&quot which is also both an anthem and the name of a monument – the sculptural group Departure of the Volunteers of 1792, commonly called La Marseillaise, at the base of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Composer: François van Campenhout (5 February 1779 – 24 April 1848) was a Belgian opera singer, conductor and composer. He composed the music for the Belgian national anthem, &quotLa Brabançonne&quot. Campenhout was born in Brussels, where he studied violin. He worked initially as an office clerk, but soon pursued a career as a musician. After he had been a violist at the Theatre de la Monnaie (or Muntschouwburg) in Brussels for a while, he started a career as a tenor at the Opera in Ghent. This was the beginning of a successful opera career, which brought him to Brussels, Antwerp, Paris, Amsterdam, The Hague, Lyon and Bordeaux. In 1828, he ended his career as a singer and became conductor in Brussels, where he died in 1848. He is buried at Brussels Cemetery in Evere, Brussels.
Campenhout wrote a large number of works: operas such as Grotius ou le Chateau de Lovesteyn and Passe-Partout, which were successful, and he also composed ballet music, symphonies and choir music. He wrote the music of the Brabanconne in September 1830, to a text by Alexandre Dechet (Jenneval). Van Campenhout was a freemason and a member of the Grand Orient of Belgium.

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