In France, July 14th is a national day of celebration that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. That event was also a thematic element in the 1963 Peter Weiss play, “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” (generally shortened to “Marat/Sade”). This medley, performed by Judy Collins on her 1966 album “In My Life”, is based on the music from the play composed by Richard Peaslee, arranged and conducted by Joshua Rifkin: Homage to Marat; Marat We’re Poor; People’s Reaction; Poor Old Marat.
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