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Music of the Napoleonic Era

So I'm a new user but since I didnt find anything like it I thought "Why not open it myself?" I like marches and there are quite a bit lovely tunes and marches from that time.

Prussia:
A march composed by Carl Lange in 1814 in a prussian army camp at Sedan.


The famous Marsch Nr. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven, also known as Yorckscher Marsch.


March composed to the entry into Paris in 1814.


A hymn of praise to Field-Marshall Blücher. Its a bit to late to translate the whole thing but here goes:

"What signal do the trumpets give? Hussars advance!
The fieldmarshall rides in a flying hurry,
he rides ever so joyfull his brave mount,
he swings ever so galantly his gleaming sword!

Refrain:
|: Horay-hey-hey hussars are here,
Hussars are joyfull, they exclaim Horray :|

Oh watch how his eyes shine so clear
Oh how his snow-white hair waves about.
His age blooms so fresh, like ripening wine,
thus he can be the manager of the battlefield
Refrain

He was the man, when everything fell to ruins,
who still swang his rapier up towards the heavens,
then he swor by the iron, mighty angry and hard:
to show to the enemys the german way.
Refrain

That vow he kept when the war-cry rang out,
oh, how the greyed youth swang himself into the saddle!
Then it was him who did the cleaning,
with an iron broom he swept the land clean!
Refrain



France:
Kind of the inoffical anthem of the french empire or so I heard.


A splendid tune about the imperial guard.


A march to honor the valiant 'Armée de Sambre-et-Meuse'. The March was written 1879, so a bit late but I feel that since the army itself was fomed in 1794 I feel it deserves to be mentioned.


A military prayer still used today in Germany, composed by a born ukranian who has been mostly active in russia written the in german language. Capturing the spirit of the era even by his c.v.


Anyway, feel free to post marches of other countries too, I know little russian or british marches of the time.

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Austria:

I daresay most people will recognize the Melody. Composed by Joseph Haydn in 1797 to counter the appeal of the french repeblican ideas by patriotism. The 4th, last, stanza was added after the napoleonic wars.

"He broke slaverys chains,
lifted upwards to freedom us,
May he early experience the german countries
german peoples highest bloom
And may he on the verge of late death still hear the grandchilds choir:
god save the Emperor Franz, our good Emperor franz"

Prussia

Composed in the late 18th century by Frederik Willhelm III., King of Prussia.
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Hey Great Posts Kimi, and welcome to the forums!

Hey has anyone ever played that old "Battleground Waterloo" game? There was a fantastic Prussian march in that game that I can't remember the name of! Does anyone remember what the name of that march is?
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In the film 'Waterloo' there is a superb scene where the little man in the funny 'at says goodbye to his Old Guard. The Guard band strikes up a stirring march as he kisses their flag. I've always wondered whether that was a genuine march from the 1st Empire, never been able to find it though?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uclE3g2OU5I

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Thanks for that PGT I don't speak French except for a couple of words. But I enjoyed the music.
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Thanks for your positive feedback guys.
To Mr. Beauregard: Thanks for giving a name to that song, i think I heard it in a movie and its a very catchy tune.
Did edit in the rest of the translation for the "Das Lied vom Feldmarschall".



Another well known german march, this time from southern germany. "Der gute Kamerad", also known as "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden": written by Ludwig uhland in 1809 when troops from the german country of Baden under french command put down an uprising by the people of Tirol (Austria? Bavaria?). Uhland knew people from both sides. To this day in use as the lament of the german armed forces. In use by the french legion etrange as "J'avais un camerade"

Literal translation taken from wiki with a slight modification:
I once had a comrade,
you won't find a better one.
The drum was rolling for battle,
he was marching at my side
|: in the same pace and stride. :|

A bullet flew towards us
for him or meant for me?
It did tear him away,
he lies beneath my feet
|: like it was a piece of me. :|

´wants to reach his hand to me,
while I reload my gun.
"Can't give you my hand for now,
stay you in eternal life
|: My good comrade!" :|

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In the film 'Waterloo' there is a superb scene where the little man in the funny 'at says goodbye to his Old Guard. The Guard band strikes up a stirring march as he kisses their flag. I've always wondered whether that was a genuine march from the 1st Empire, never been able to find it though?

Typical melody indeed, it starts here at 2.15. No idea whether it was played historically during this moving moment.



Not a march really, but very possibly composed in the time of the First Empire. It does have a certain French twang to it.
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Typical melody indeed, it starts here at 2.15. No idea whether it was played historically during this moving moment.
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Sadly I dont recognize the melody either, however at the beginning of the video, the part with the drum sticks... I thought they'd blast the Austerlitz-March one more time to say goodbye to their emperor by playing the march of one of his greatest Victories.
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Thanks for your positive feedback guys.
To Mr. Beauregard: Thanks for giving a name to that song, i think I heard it in a movie and its a very catchy tune.
Did edit in the rest of the translation for the "Das Lied vom Feldmarschall".

Another well known german march, this time from southern germany. "Der gute Kamerad", also known as "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden": written by Ludwig uhland in 1809 when troops from the german country of Baden under french command put down an uprising by the people of Tirol (Austria? Bavaria?). Uhland knew people from both sides. To this day in use as the lament of the german armed forces. In use by the french legion etrange as "J'avais un camerade"

Literal translation taken from wiki with a slight modification:
I once had a comrade,
you won't find a better one.
The drum was rolling for battle,
he was marching at my side
|: in the same pace and stride. :|

A bullet flew towards us
for him or meant for me?
It did tear him away,
he lies beneath my feet
|: like it was a piece of me. :|

´wants to reach his hand to me,
while I reload my gun.
"Can't give you my hand for now,
stay you in eternal life
|: My good comrade!" :|
Dear Kimi here the French Foreign Legion version

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One of Napoleon's favorites, le Chant du depart.

Sung by Mireille Mathieu.

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Thanks for that PGT I don't speak French except for a couple of words. But I enjoyed the music.
you have a CSA version called Virginian Marseillaise



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Virginian Marseillaise? Thats very interesting. never knew that this great song made the jump over the big pond.

I'm going to answer with the "Marseillaise of the peasents wars" as its called sometimes here in germany, also "Battle Hymn of the reformation" In a time where religion did matter a lot more than today a substencial part in the prussian resitance to france was that the french were catholic, while the prussian were protestants. A fact that could easily be exploited by the nobles to rally the people to defend their faith against the unbelivers. Allegedly sung by the prussian army on the evening after waterloo, "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Herr"(A mighty Fortress is our god) an old hymn written by Luther himself in 1520 so its not a song made in the era itself, but considering that the prussians drummed "Ich bin ja Herr in deiner Macht"(For I am oh Lord, in Your Might(in Your Hand)) for the advance, I'm guessing it has been used more often than just after waterloo.

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Welcome aboard and great first thread, Kimi.

I will contribute later.
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