France

Italy versus France – The Bach Players

Italian or French? Jean Baptiste Lully and Arcangelo Corelli were the champions of these two musical styles and the main subjects of the many attempts to establish which style was better. Or could the two styles be united? This programme paints a musical picture of the seventeenth century in Europe,…

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Victor Hugo – A celle qui est restée en France

I Mets-toi sur ton séant, lève tes yeux, dérange Ce drap glacé qui fait des plis sur ton front d’ange, Ouvre tes mains, et prends ce livre : il est à toi. Ce livre où vit mon âme, espoir, deuil, rêve, effroi, Ce livre qui contient le spectre de ma…

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Victor Hugo – Notre Dame de Paris – Audiobook

Victor Marie Hugo (French pronunciation: ​[viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo]; 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry but also…

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Matthew Arnold – Revolutions

Before man parted for this earthly strand, While yet upon the verge of heaven he stood, God put a heap of letters in his hand, And bade him make with them what word he could. And man has turn’d them many times; made Greece, Rome, England, France;—yes, nor in vain…

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Emile Zola – Lettre à la France

Dans les affreux jours de trouble moral que nous traversons, au moment où la conscience publique paraît s’obscurcir, c’est à toi que je m’adresse, France, à la nation, à la patrie ! Chaque matin, en lisant dans les journaux ce que tu sembles penser de cette lamentable affaire Dreyfus, ma…

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