François van Campenhout

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, "La Brabançonne".

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 Théâtre 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 Château de Lovesteyn and Passe-Partout, which were successful, and he also composed ballet music, symphonies and choir music. He wrote the music of the Brabançonne in September 1830, to a text by Alexandre Dechet (Jenneval).

Van Campenhout was a freemason and a member of the Grand Orient of Belgium.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 5th, 1779 (Brussels metropolitan area), Died April 24th, 1848 (Brussels metropolitan area)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1916

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-17064 10-in. 1/25/1916 La Brabançonne Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 39540 10-in. 8/10/1914 La Brabançonne Columbia Military Band Band composer  
Edison 4670 10-in. 4/19/1916 La Brabançonne Alice Verlet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


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"Campenhout, François van." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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