Rouget de Lisle, Claude Joseph
1760 - Born on the 10th of May in Lons-le-Saunier.
- Rouget de Lisle entered the army as an engineer and attained the rank of captain.
1792 - The song that has immortalised him, the Marseillaise, was composed at Strasbourg, where Rouget de Lisle was quartered in April.
1797 - His Essais en vers et en prose contains the Marseillaise; a prose tale Adelaide et Monville of the sentimental kind; and some occasional poems.
- The piece was at first called Chant de guerre de l'armée du Rhin 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 the 10th of August.
1825 - Rouget de Lisle wrote a few other songs of the same kind as the Marseillaise and he published Chants français in which he set to music fifty songs by various authors.
1836 - Died on the 26th of June in Choisy-le-Roi, Seine-et-Oise.
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