Sunday, August 7, 2016

The 'Original' Olympics Theme From the Time of Napoleon

No, the Olympics weren't around in the time of Napoleon's French Empire in the early part of the 19th century. But the music was. You know that majestic theme tv stations have used for the games since the middle of the 20th century? It was written by French-American film composer Leo Arnaud (1904-1991) as part of a suite of music Arnaud called "The Bugler's Dream," and it's actually an expanded version of a military fanfare from the time of Napoleon: the Salut aux etendards, or Saluting the Standards. Click here to hear it performed by the Cavalerie de la Garde Republicaine.

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