The Music Plays On — The Revolutionary Music of Étienne Méhul

Étienne Méhul

Known as the “brother of the Marsellaise,” Méhul’s Chant du départ (Song of Departure) was the anthem of the First Empire. The song was first performed on July 14, 1794 and 18,000 copies were quickly printed and given to the Republican army. It remains in the repertoire of the French Army to this day.