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A Forgotten Musician



Who knows who gave his name to the Rue Aveau of Familleureux any more?

François Aveau was born on November 22, 1882 in Familleureux to merchant parents.  He was famous in his time for his talents as a composer of popular music, as a recognized instrumentalist and also for his work as a conservatory professor and in musical direction.

With a diploma in accounting from intermediate school and from the industrial school of Braine-Le-Comte, in 1899, he entered the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in order to give free reign to his musical tastes.

In 1900, he was awarded with the Second Certificate of Merit in Music Theory, and with second prize (with distinction) in saxophone.  He received the first prize in 1901.

On June 27, 1902, he joined the Guides regiment, where he occupied the position of solo bassoon in the military band.

In 1903, he was awarded by the conservatory first prize in bassoon and the Rothschild prize.  He continued his studies in harmony and composition.

In 1906, he became a bassoon professor in the Conservatory of Mons.

On July 25, 1912, he became head of music for the 1st Regiment of foot soldiers in the Charleroi garrison.

He simultaneously directed several musical societies in the Hainaut province:

·        L’union ouvrière in Seneffe

·        Sainte Cécile in Anderlues

·        Les XV in Familleureux

·        La Fanfare de Loupoigne

·        La Fanfare Guyoz in Châtelet.



In 1914, François Aveau entered into the Society of Composing Authors and Editors of Music. 

But war broke out.  He left for action with the 1st foot soldier, on the Yser.

In 1915, he composed the Marche des Alliés (the March of the Allies), dedicated to the monarch.  It would be sold to benefit war widows and orphans because the composer renounced all royalties.

During World War I, François Aveau organized courses on music improvement in the barracks.

He was accidentally wounded on July 16, 1918 and left for convalescent leave at l’Hôpital de Martin in Normandy.

The fracture was poorly treated, and François Aveau died from complications in February 1921 in Crefeld, in occupied Germany.

Many respects were paid to him during his funeral services, notably by the musicians that he headed but also from veterans.

His short career (some twenty years) was nevertheless lined with success.  Indeed, François Aveau was a prolific composer who left us with over a hundred works.

His military marches were especially highly appreciated at the time; let us cite for example: “Le permissionnaire,” “Le joyeux chasseur,” “La liégeoise,” “Raoul,” “Chasseurs au feu !,” “Marche des mitrailleurs,” “Escadron Marie-Henriette,” “Souvenir de Nieuport,” “La garde Royale ,” and many others that were true hits in the staff rooms of the pre-war period. 

But he also composed pieces such as: “Valse des matelots,” “Canorinette-Polka,” “Sérénade orientale,” “Danse burlesque,” “Marche kermesse,” “Jolies liégeoises,”…..

The glory was short-lived: this music lover from Seneffe has today fallen into an oblivion as complete as it is unjust.

These elements were taken from an article by Jean Rolland, available for consultation in the Seneffe library.





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