THE GLOOMY MARSEILLAISE
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The article analyses a case presented in the “Notes on The Bulgarian Uprisings” by Zahari Stoyanov. After the defeat of the April Uprising in 1876 the Bulgarian revolutionary Todor Kableshkov sings the Marseillaise in a Turkish prison. Kableshkov improvises the French text of the song to inform a friend so that the Turks wouldn’t notice it. The case is reviewed from three perspectives: first, it searches an answer to the question: Why is the Marseillaise called a gloomy song; secondly, it displays a kind of double coding allowing the French march to be regarded in the same way as the Bulgarian march “The Proud Nicephorus Wanted”, which unifies the people; thirdly, it shows how in the “Notes on the Bulgarian Uprisings” by Zahari Stoyanov certain songs are connected to different phases of the development of the Bulgarians as a nation.
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