Concert for the Emperor

Concert
29/04/2017
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The Museo Napoleonico in Rome, in partnership with the Central Italian delegation of Souvenir Napoléonien (contact), will host a concert by St George’s choir directed by Peter Hicks, historian, choirmaster and international affairs manager at the Fondation Napoléon, on Saturday April at 11 am. (Duration: approximately 1 hour).

Programme:

– André Grétry, “La victoire est à nous” (1783)
Opera Choir “La caravane du Caire” reworked into a song of victory for Revolutionary and then Napoleonic armies.

– Queen Hortense, ‘Partant pour la Syrie’, (1807)
Written almost on a napkin on a corner table by the daughter of the Empress Josephine, this song became the Bonapartist party “theme-tune” and later the national anthem (without words) of the Second Empire. Thus Napoleon III was honoring both his mother and his famous uncle.

– Nicolas Dalayrac, ‘Veillons au salut de l’Empire’ (1787)
This arietta, a variation on a work by Renaud d’Ast ‘Vous qui d’amoureuse aventure”, with new republican words, become a march and war song, even rivalling the Marseillaise ..

– André Grétry, “Ou peut-on être mieux qu’au sein de sa famille” (1769)
Quartet from the opera “Lucile” which was said to be Napoleon’s favorite piece.

– « Mme M. » [sic], Le tombeau de Napoléon, (prima di 1838)
Work of an unknown composer, this quartet is a rare musical evocation of Napoleon’s death on the island of St Helena in 1821.

– Nicolas-Etienne Méhul, Cantata for the marriage of the Emperor, “O doux printemps” (1810)
Composed to celebrate the marriage of Napoleon and Marie-Louise, this song was discovered in the archive of the Opera Garnier in Paris. This will be the third time it has been performed: after its premiere in 1810, the second was in 2010, and this will also be its first ever performance in Italy.

– Nicolas-Etienne Méhul, ‘Chant Triomphal’, (1810 ?)
This song was discovered in the archive of the Opera Garnier in Paris. The date of composition is unkown This will be the third time it has been performed: after its premiere in 1810, the second was in 2010, and this will also be its first ever performance in Italy.

– Nicolas-Etienne Méhul, ‘Le chant du départ’, (1794)
Popular among the Republican and Napoleonic armies, this alternative to the Marseillaise was preferred by Napoleon to the too Jacobian “Marseillaise”.

Museo Napoleonico
Piazza di Ponte Umberto I
n, 1 Roma 11,00.

Free entrance.

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