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La Marseillaise (The Spirit of Marseille): French & 2015 English

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By Claude Joseph Rouget De Lisle

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Piano, Vocal, Voice - Level 4 - Digital Download
Composed by Claude Joseph Rouget De Lisle. Arranged by Gloria Merle Huffman. Classical, Concert, Patriotic, World. Score. 30 pages. Gloria Sun Productions, LLC #5996971. Published by Gloria Sun Productions, LLC (A0.912685).

Item Number: A0.912685

« La Marseillaise (The Spirit of Marseille) » by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle 1792 (E-flat Major), with a new high-quality metric match English singing translation © 2015 and new piano arrangement © 2020 by Gloria Merle Huffman. 30 pages (14-page piano/vocal score without fingerings, 14-page piano/vocal score with fingerings, cover, and French-English lyric sheet with footnotes). Downloadable PDF file. Published by Gloria Sun Productions, LLC. Duration: 4' 2"

« La Marseillaise » is the national anthem of France, composed in 1792 during the 1789-1799 French Revolution in the year after Mozart's death by a Frenchman who was only four years younger than Mozart. It is appropriate for schools and students, especially students of the French language who are teenagers or older. It can be sung by multiple singers in unison. This sheet music contains an imaginative intermediate- to advanced-level piano accompaniment that can be played as a solo in concert. Three of the anthem's many verses are included here (« Allons, enfants; » « Français; » and « Amour sacré »). The arrangement follows the traditional practice by the French people of performing the refrain twice in a row after each verse. Each verse and each of the six appearances of the refrain is set to a unique accompaniment, and the melody for the last few words in the final chorus soars on high notes in the manner established in France by well-known operatic singers of the anthem.

Huffman's English stays close to the French text (helping non-French speakers to understand the French and its linguistic relationship to the music) while being sufficiently fluent and poetic to have been the original words for the song. This English serves as a language teaching aid, but is also convincing in its own right in performance. The second verse refers to the French people, but a couple of alternate words are provided in the English that make the verse universal. With this English text, « La Marseillaise » truly becomes an international anthem of resistance, pitting "The Spirit of Marseille" against tyranny and oppression throughout the world.

If you wish to perform this piece in public, including on the internet, in any of its possible forms (French and/or English solo, piano/vocal version or piano solo), or if you wish to use or print the English translation, or use any part of the piano accompaniment, please contact the publisher regarding permissions and licensing fees: .

The translator/arranger is a member of ASCAP and SoundExchange.

This product was created by a member of ArrangeMe, Hal Leonard’s global self-publishing community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. ArrangeMe allows for the publication of unique arrangements of both popular titles and original compositions from a wide variety of voices and backgrounds.

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