Adolphe Adam: Marche sublime, 1840. This musical piece was composed for the return of Napoleon’s remains to France in 1840. However, the piece performed during the funeral at Les Invalides was Mozart’s Requiem.

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“O Holy Night”
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Music: Adolphe Adam
Lyrics: John Sullivan Dwight

Note: The song was originally a French Christmas poem written by Placide Cappeau; Adam composed music for it soon after it was written, and Dwight wrote the sung English version almost a decade later (in 1855).

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The First Mourning, 1888.

This work depicts the moment after Adam and Eve just found the body of their son Abel, who was murdered by Cain. According to the biblical account, this was the first human death.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau had suffered the loss of his second son shortly before painting this work. Its original name is “Premier Deuil”, in French, of which “The First Mourning” is a literal translation.

Giselle is a romantic-fantasy ballet in two acts, composed by Adolphe Adam. The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s love frees him from their grasp.

Giselle was created for famous Italian ballet dancer Carlotta Grisi and first performed by the Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris, France, on Sunday 28 June 1841. The opening night was a triumph with both critics and the public and became hugely popular. It was staged across Europe, Russia, and the United States.


"Giselle" is one of my favorite ballets, both musically (music by Adolphe Adam) and artistically.  Here is the great Polina Semionova, who studied at the Bolshoi, and has recently been performing with the American Ballet Theater in "Don Quixote".  Semionova says one of her favorite things about dance is the ability for the body to communicate emotion.  One does not need to hear, one does not need to see a facial expression - the body’s movement alone will be enough to convey one’s personality and one’s deepest thoughts. 

REVIEW: Giselle @ Chichester Festival Theatre

It feels like an age since we were last visiting the theatre, but as we arrive at Chichester Festival Theatre we realise we were here just two weeks ago… This will be something a little different though as Moscow City Ballet are in town to perform a pair of classic ballets. Tonight we’re seeing Adolphe Adam’s tragic Giselle.

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~~December 24, 2014~~ 

The day has arrived … a day long awaited. The day when Christ, the child is born. It is indeed a holy night. Let’s remember the meaning of this special season. 

O Holy Night” (“Cantique de Noël”) is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877).

In Roquemaure at the end of the year 1843, the church organ was recently renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest asked Cappeau, native from this town, to write a Christmas poem. Cappeau did it, although being a professed anticlerical and atheist.

Soon after, Adam wrote the music. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey.

“As it appears in … “

” O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees O hear the angels voices.
O night divine O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine …. “


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At the end of the day …. “It’s Christmas Eve”!! ~~December 24, 2014~~  The day has arrived … a day long awaited. The day when Christ, the child is born.
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