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Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Rouget de Lisle sings la Marseillaise for the first time painted by Isidore Pils (1813–1875)
Born 10 May 1760 (1760-05-10)
Died Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. (aged 76)
Choisy-le-Roi, Seine-et-Oise
Allegiance France
Service/branch French Army
Years of service 1784–1793
Rank Captain
Awards Chevalier. Légion d'honneur (1831)[1][2]
Other work Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin La Marseillaise

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (French: ), sometimes spelled de l'Isle or de Lile[3] (10 May 1760 – 26 June 1836), was a French army officer of the French Revolutionary Wars. He is known for writing the words and music of the Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin in 1792, which would later be known as La Marseillaise and become the French national anthem.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • La Marseillaise 2.1
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5

Early life

De Lisle was born at

Further reading

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain
  1. ^ a b c Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Richard Stockton, Nathan Haskell Dole, Julian Hawthorne, Caroline Ticknor, The World's Great Masterpieces. American literary society, 1901, p. 9577.
  2. ^ a b c The New York Times Current History: The European War, Volume 16, 1918. p. 200.
  3. ^ Brian N. Morton, Donald C. Spinelli, Beaumarchais and the American Revolution,Lexington Books, 2003, p. 303. ISBN 9780739104682
  4. ^ Lons, une "petite" ville en lettres capitales at La Terre de chez nous (in French) 10 April 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2013
  5. ^ Family Tree Rouget
  6. ^ a b Norman Davies, Europe: A history p. 718
  7. ^ The Marsellaise. Honouring its author Hawera & Normanby Star 26 October 1915, at National Library of New Zealand
  8. ^ Tribute to Composer The Argus (Australia), 16 July 1915, p.7, at Trove


Rouget de Lisle died in poverty in Choisy-le-Roi, Seine-et-Oise.[6] His ashes were transferred from Choisy-le-Roi cemetery to the Invalides on 14 July 1915, during World War I.[6][7][8]


After the war, Rouget de Lisle wrote a few other songs of the same kind as the Marseillaise and in 1825 he published Chants français (French Songs) in which he set to music fifty songs by various authors. His Essais en vers et en prose (Essays in Verse and Prose, 1797) contains the Marseillaise; a prose tale Adelaide et Monville of the sentimental kind; and some occasional poems. He returned to public life after the July Revolution; Louis Philippe awarded him the Legion of Honour.[2]

The song that has immortalized him, La Marseillaise, was composed at Strasbourg, where Rouget de Lisle was garrisoned in April 1792. France had just declared war on Austria, and the mayor of Strasbourg held a dinner for the officers of the garrison, at which he lamented that France had no national anthem. Rouget de Lisle returned to his quarters and wrote the words in a fit of patriotic excitement after a public dinner. The piece was at first called Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin ("War Song for the Army of the Rhine") and only received its name of Marseillaise from its adoption by the Provençal volunteers whom Barbaroux introduced into Paris and who were prominent in the storming of the Tuileries Palace on 10 August 1792.[2]

La Marseillaise

He enlisted into the army as an engineer and attained the rank of captain. A royalist, like his father, he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the new constitution.[1] Rouget de Lisle was cashiered and thrown into prison in 1793, narrowly escaping the guillotine. He was freed during the Thermidorian Reaction and retired to Montague.[1]

Rouget de Lisle in 1792.



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