With Napoleon's own musicianship and tastes in question, is there any place for him as an impresario? Composers' views were divided, as Donald Macleod finds.
With Napoleon's own musicianship and taste severely in question, could there be any rightful place for him as an impresario? Donald Macleod hunts out the composers who benefited from Napoleon's cultural largesse, including the Italian whose success in a competition to commemorate the life of a Republican military hero was to lead to great things. Plus, there's another glimpse into the world of Revolutionary singing, as Laura Mason explores the legends surrounding the creation of the piece destined to become France's national anthem.