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Classical music: Here is a stirring version of “La Marseillaise” to mark Bastille Day and the French Revolution | July 14, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is Bastille Day in France – July 14th or “Le quatorze juillet” — celebrating the beginning of the French Revolution when the public stormed and liberated the infamous Bastille prison in Paris.

To mark it, here is a YouTube video of a stirring version of the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” It features the superstar opera tenor Roberto Alagna singing the arrangement done by the French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz.

And it is also a good time to recall how the French helped finance and wage the American Revolution, also known as the American War for Independence.

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1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for this Jake. Michele and I are in the Averyon, dans la France profonde, and our hosts are about to take us to observe a ceremony at the war memorial in the village of Bozouls. Unless they play a CD of Alagna’s performance of la Marseillaise, it’s unlikely we’ll hear anything as stirring as his rendition. Happy quatorze juillet. B

    On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM, The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “By Jacob Stockinger Today is Bastille Day in > France – July 14th or “Le quatorze juillet” — celebrating the beginning of > the French Revolution when the public stormed and liberated the infamous > Bastille prison in Paris. To mark it, here is a YouTube” >

    Comment by Bruce Croushore — July 14, 2016 @ 2:04 am


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