Wednesday 6 May 2009
Tune of the Day: La Marseillaise
National anthem of France
Composed in 1792 by army engineer Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, this song became the rallying call of the French Revolution. It received its name because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers from Marseille upon their arrival in Paris after a young volunteer from Montpellier had sung it at a patriotic gathering in Marseille: the revolutionaries adopted the song and sang it with such fervor as they entered the capital, that the Parisians named it “La Marseillaise”.