Félix Aerts was born in Sint-Truiden and studied at the Conservatoire of Brussels, later taking composition classes with Hanssens. After his studies he accepted the position of first violinist at the Monnaie Theatre but in 1854 he settled in Tournai as conductor of the local theatre orchestra. Shortly afterwards he moved to Paris, where he mainly published light easy listening music, such as fantasies for orchestra, ‘airs variés’ for violin and songs. In 1857 he won a second prize in a competition of the publisher Cordier in Paris with the work La Garde de Paris. He returned to Belgium in 1862 and was appointed as a music teacher at the State Teacher Training College of Nivelles, a function he held until his death. In Nivelles he also conducted the ‘Société Sainte-Cécile’ and the singing classes of the municipal school and the catholic secondary school. Later he became director of the local school of music as well. These sundry functions generated a number of methods, including a method for solfège, the Gregorian style, and the trombone in ut, along with songbooks for schools, some cantatas and works for brass instruments.
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