Revolutionary and Imperial Music

To mark the various feast days, ceremonies, and military victories of the Revolution and the French
Empire, composers Gossec, Méhul, and Le Sueur wrote patriotic music for special occasions, hymns, marches, and songs. These works were composed mainly for reed and brass instruments, which entwine perfectly with the voices, whose main objective was to broadcast political messages to the French citizens, caught up as they were in a great whirlwind of change.

Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble

Mathieu Lussier, direction and bassoon
Catherine St-Arnaud, soprano
Amelia Keenan, mezzo-soprano
Jacques-Olivier Chartier, tenor
François-Nicolas Guertin, baritone
Martin Carpentier, clarinet
Stéphane Fontaine, clarinet
Jocelyn Veilleux, horn
Alice Lane-Lépine, horn
Mary Chalk, bassoon

LE SUEUR Marche du Sacre de sa Majesté l’Empereur
ROUGET DE LISLE La Marseillaise
MÉHUL Le Chant du Départ
CATEL La Bataille de Fleurus
GOSSEC La Bataille and Suite d’airs révolutionnaires
MÉHUL Messe solennelle à quatre voix, composed for the consecration of Napoleon the 1st (excerpts)

Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 at 7:30pm
Duration: 2 Hrs with intermission

For tickets and information: www.mbam.qc.ca/en/concerts 514-285-2000

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