ROZE, Abbé - Vivat, vivat in aeternum for Napoleon´s coronation





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Published on Feb 15, 2010

The day of Napoleon's coronation, (2 December, 1804)
Napoleon then took Josephine's crown, made as if to place it upon his own head and then crowned the empress kneeling before him.
The imperial couple thus crowned sat down to wait for the formation of the procession which was to accompany them from the low thrones to the grand throne. The procession comprised: the pope, princes, Grands dignitaires, Grands officiers, princesses, ladies in waiting, pages, heralds and bailiffs bearing the honours of Napoleon and Charlemagne
Napoleon sat down upon the great throne. The pope blessed him and pronounced the words from the Rheims rite: "Que Dieu vous affermisse sur ce trône..." ('May God strengthen you upon this throne...) and kissed the emperor upon the cheek.
The pope then turned towards the congregation and said in a loud voice Vivat Imperator in aeternum ; the choirs then sang the Vivat by the Abbé Roze.

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Four dislikes? must be the Czar, Austrian Emperor, King of Prussia and Duke of Wellington
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Andrew Berrocal
"If only our father could see us now."- napoleon to his brother before the congregation 
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Omniscient Being
"I found the crown of France in the gutter and I picked it up."
Aldea Alexandru
NApoleon was better to rule than the presidents of today
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Frank Scivier
What a fabulous piece of music Abbé Roze wrote for Napoleon's coronation. After he lowered the emperor's crown on his head Napoleon said, "I am the instrument of providence. She will use me as long as I accomplish her designs. Then she will break me like a glass". Napoleon was entirely correct!.
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GeorgeDewronGroves As Gustav III
Death to the republic
Im playing this at my wedding 
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Corcaigh Rebel
@Angelos1975GR - astonishing piece of music, well chosen for the PBS documentary on Napoleon, which happens to be very good, we see nothing like that on our TV, all the money is spent on 'stars', and not on educating the people!
Carlos Juan Miguel Tabunda III
I feel like being crowned as emperor when hearing this music.
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