Saturday 5 May 1984


Born: January 19th, 1933, Neufchâteau (France)
Died: December 14th, 2003, Paris (France)
Nationality: French

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


François Rauber studied the piano at the Nancy Conservatory. From 1951 onwards, he worked as an accompanist in Parisian cabarets, meeting up with artists such as Serge Gainsbourg and Boris Vian. He accompanied Jacques Brel from 1956 until Brel’s passing away in 1978; from 1958 onwards, he also wrote the arrangements to almost all of his songs. Rauber was much in demand as a studio arranger and worked with many singers, including Juliette Gréco, Simone Langlois, Charles Aznavour, Barbara, and Georges Moustaki. Moreover, he composed soundtracks (e.g. Vacances en enfer, 1961; L’emmerdeur, 1973), music to TV series (e.g. Grand-père viking, 1976), music for wind band, and some classical works, most prominently ‘Souvenir for Piano and Orchestra’ (1992).


François Rauber was the musical director of the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest in Paris, but did not get to conduct any of the entries on the night. In 1983 and 1984, as on many more occasions, he was the musical director of the French Eurovision heats - but in those two editions, he also accompanied the respective winners (Guy Bonnet with ‘Vivre’ and Annick Thoumazeau with ‘Autant d’amoureux que d’étoiles’) to the international festivals held in Munich and Luxembourg, conducting the orchestra for them; on both occasions, France finished eight. Rauber had been involved in the Eurovision Song Contest at an earlier stage of his career as well, arranging the 1962 Luxembourg entry ‘Petit bonhomme’ for Camillo Felgen.


Country – Luxembourg
Song title – "Petit bonhomme"
Rendition – Camillo Felgen
Lyrics – Maurice Vidalin
Composition – Jacques Datin
Studio arrangement – François Rauber
(studio orchestra conducted by François Rauber)
Live orchestration – François Rauber
Conductor – Jean Roderes (MD)
Score – 3rd place (11 votes)

Musical director - no entries conducted

Country – France
Song title – "Vivre"
Rendition – Guy Bonnet
Lyrics – Fulbert Cant
Composition – Guy Bonnet
Studio arrangement – Guy Matteoni
Live orchestration – Guy Matteoni
Conductor – François Rauber
Score – 8th place (56 votes)

Country – France
Song title – "Autant d’amoureux que d’étoiles"
Rendition – Annick Thoumazeou
Lyrics – Charles Level
Composition – Vladimir Cosma
Studio arrangement – Vladimir Cosma
Live orchestration – Vladimir Cosma
Conductor – François Rauber
Score – 8th place (61 votes)

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