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Berlioz - La Marseillaise

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Uploaded on May 7, 2009

Hector Berlioz

Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin "La marseillaise" by Claude-Joseph de Lisle

Sylvia McNair, soprano and Richard Leech, tenor
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Baltimore Symphony Chorus & St. Michael and All Angels Choir conducted by David Zinman

Berlioz' flamboyant setting of La Marseillaise, for soloists, double chorus and orchestra, partakes of the patriotism that burned so fiercely when Captain Rouget de L'Isle wrote the song's music and words in a single night of 1792 while stationed with an engineer corps at Strasbourg and that was revived during the uprising of 1830. It is a stirring arrangement, including all six verses of de Lisle's original anthem, whose bursting nationalism continues to make it "de rigueur" at French ceremonial occasions.

Painting by Auguste Pinelli (1823-after 1878)

painting ca. 1875 Rouget de Lisle composant la Marseillaise

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