1712-1778
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June 28, 1712, Geneva, Switzerland.

July 2, 1778, Ermenonville, France.

The Pantheon, Paris, France.

Regarding the tunes Greenville & Rousseau:

…the production of that brilliant but erratic genius and freethinker, Jean Jacques Rousseau. It was originally a love serenade (Days of absence, sad and dreary) from the opera of Le Devin du Village, written about 1752. The song was commonly known years afterward as Rousseau’s Dream. But the unbelieving philosopher, musician, and misguided moralist builded better than he knew, and probably better than he meant when he wrote his immortal choral. Whatever he heard in his dream (and one legend said it was a song of angels) he created a harmony dear to the church he despised, and softened the hearts of the Christian world towards an evil teacher who was inspired, like Balaam, to utter one sacred strain.

Brown, p. 112-13

  1. Greenville
  2. Rousseau
  3. Ta Gloire, ô Notre Dieu