Public song during the early days of Revolution (1789–1792)
Image: "Ça n'ira pas. Ça ira : [estampe] / [non identifié]" (1792) from Gallica, Bibliothèque nationale de France.
I want to hear "Ça ira"!
What is a contredanse?
Robin Engelman offers various manuscripts, recordings, and theories about the origins of the song in "Le Carillion National, Ah! ça ira and the Downfall of Paris."
Visit the website Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, which offers a collection of French revolutionary songs including contextual descriptions, translations, and recordings. Explore these songs, and consider the relationship between sound and chronology. Keep in mind, the Terror, during which thousands of French citizens were killed at the guillotine for political reasons, occurred from September 1793–July 1794.
See Mason for more on singing during the Revolution.
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