Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle’s La Marseillaise
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The famous France national anthem was written during the French Revolution. On April 24, 1792 Dietrich, Mayor of Strasbourg, remarked that the French soldiers had no spirited marching song. That night, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, a young captain of engineers, picked up his violin and composed the words and music of a stirring song
De Lisle sung his tune titled „Chant de Guerre pour l’armee du Rhin,” („War Song of the Army of the Rhine”) for the first time at the home of Dietrich, during a patriotic banquet (see below).
In June volunteers from Marseilles sang „Chant de Guerre pour l’armee du Rhin” as they marched to Paris after a young volunteer from Montpellier called François Mireur had sung it at a patriotic gathering. These volunteers sung it as they were making their entrance into the city of Paris on July 30, 1792. The Parisians, ignorant of the tune’s origin, called it the Song of Marseilles, or „La Marseillaise.”