Marseillaise, La

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Marseillaise, La. Fr. nat. anthem (first line ‘Allons, enfants de la patrie’). Words and mus., by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, written on 24 Apr., 1792, under title Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin (War song for the Rhine army). Received present title when sung by battalion of Marseilles troops as they entered Paris. Quoted by Schumann in Faschingsschwank aus Wien and Die beiden Grenadier, by Elgar in The Music Makers, and by Tchaikovsky in his 1812 ov. Elaborately arr. for soloists, ch., and orch. by Berlioz.