Sheet Music: La Brabançonne

TitleLa Brabançonne
Alternate titlesNational anthem of Belgium
De Brabançonne
Die Brabançonne
ComposerFrançois van Campenhout (1779–1848)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyB-flat major
Time signature4/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time1:00
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-03-24
Last updated2017-03-24
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Friday 24 March 2017

Tune of the Day: La Brabançonne

National anthem of Belgium, arranged for flute and piano

The “Brabançonne” is the national anthem of the Kingdom of Belgium. Its French title refers to the region of Brabant, and the name is maintained untranslated in Belgium's other two official languages, Dutch and German. The author of the verses, Alexandre Deceht, had originally called the poem “La Bruxelloise”; his publisher, however, thought it better to broaden the scope from the city's to the area's name.

The anthem had its genesis when Belgium gained its independence in 1830. Opera singer and conductor François Van Campenhout composed the score, based on the tune of a French song called “L'Air des lanciers polonais” (“the tune of the Polish Lancers”) by the French poet Eugène de Pradel, whose tune was itself an adaptation of the tune of a song, “L'Air du magistrat irréprochable”, found in a popular collection of drinking songs called La Clé du caveau (“The Key to the cellar”).

Thanks to Ralph for suggesting this piece!