Roaming around the Pere Lachaise cemetery is a symphonic poem that doesn’t fall into any classical form in the likeness of this graveyard.
In the original part of the cemetery , laid the founders of the national conservatory created between 1793 and 1795 (end of the revolution)
- Gossec -a Mozart’s friend
- Mehul who composed « Le chant du départ »- French hymn during Napoleon the first’s period
- and Lesueur (Berlioz’s teacher)
The conservatory , entrusted to evolve music theory ans instrumental treatises, was the combination of the royal school of chant and declamation and the Military police’s music corpse which explains the music style of the French school.
Three other theorists are buried there
- Reicha- a Beethoven’s friend
- and the Harmony French school’s reference Reber
A large part of the original cemetery is dedicated to Napoleon ‘s army officers while a more recent part of graveyard reminds the 1870 insurrection and the World War II holocaust.
The martial style of some sections of this symphonic poem results from those facts .