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Audio Recording La Marseillaise.

La Marseillaise

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  • La Marseillaise.


  • Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760-1836), a French army engineer, wrote the words and music to the "Marseillaise," the national anthem of France, in the course of a single night in April 1792. He intended the song to be used as a marching song by the French Army as it entered the Rhineland, following the outbreak of war between France and Austria and Russia. This recording, made circa 1898-1900, is one of the earliest recordings made of the song. In 1893, Henri Lioret (1848-1938), a watchmaker by trade, developed a conical cylinder of celluloid (a less fragile material than the wax that was then commonly used for early recordings) mounted on a brass frame that was capable of recording sound. The first of these cylinders, known as "napkin rings," were used almost exclusively in talking dolls, but Lioret later increased the size of the rings, which multiplied their uses for recording and replaying sound. In keeping with contemporary conventions, the recording is preceded by an announcement. The names of the musicians are not given. A cornet, a brass instrument particularly well suited to acoustic recording, accompanies the singer.


  • Rouget de Lisle, Claude Joseph, 1760-1836 Composer.

Created / Published

  • [France] : Henri Lioret, 1898.


  • -  France
  • -  1792
  • -  Anthems
  • -  Music
  • -  National songs
  • -  Patriotic music


  • -  Original resource extent: Sound recording on Lioret cylinder, 1 minute 24 seconds.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of France.
  • -  Content in French.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • World History

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021671075

Online Format

  • audio

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Chicago citation style:

Rouget De Lisle, Claude Joseph, Composer. La Marseillaise. [France: Henri Lioret, 1898] Audio.

APA citation style:

Rouget De Lisle, C. J. (1898) La Marseillaise. [France: Henri Lioret] [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Rouget De Lisle, Claude Joseph, Composer. La Marseillaise. [France: Henri Lioret, 1898] Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.