#979: 1792, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, La Marseillaise

by Charlie_East_West on January 11, 2015

The French have responded in a magnificently French way to the horrors of being subjected to terrorist attacks in Paris. They have responded with cultured love and poetic defiance. They have showed the world true meaning to their own tripartite motto – Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Out of sheer admiration and respect for the French, my chosen song for this evening is the French national anthem – La Marseillaise. The song was written and composed in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg during the French Revolutionary Wars. The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic’s anthem in 1795.

The brief for de Lisle was to produce “one of those hymns which conveys to the soul of the people the enthusiasm which it (the music) suggests.”

It is my favourite national anthem. La Marseillaise is a worthy starting point to begin a Songs to Learn and Sing Music Theme Week challenge for the All That’s Left Committee – Great National Anthems Week.

Je Suis Charlie. Vive La France.

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Geoff Elliott January 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Over to you Ray, you know what’s next.

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Ray_North January 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Actually George has next dabs, but I think I’ll be safe.

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