Tous ces fiers enfants de la Gaule
All these proud children of Gaule
The regiment of Sambre and Meuse
Always went to the cry of "Freedom",
Seeking the glorious road
Who led to immortality.
Anthem MIDI FIle
In 1871, French composer Jean Robert Planquette set Cezano's poem to a simple melody which was to become a favorite to the French public. The lyrics were translated into many languages and the song traveled throughout the world. In 1879, Sambre et Meuse was arranged into a military march by P. Raulski, and in the 1890's, pianists and orchestral arrangers also produced arrangements of the march, each giving credit lines and references to Planquette and Raulski.
The popularity of this march had grown to such an extent, that it gained recognition as one of the most popular marches by a German encyclopedia. In the United States, the first copyrighted arrangements of Le Regiment were by Carl Fischer in 1904 and his band arrangement in 1908. A flurry of copyright activity followed with a flock of arrangements for piano, orchestras, men's glee clubs, and in a community song book published in Chicago.
In 1937, release of Fischer's arrangement neglected to have the names of Planquette and Raulski in the credits, thus hiding the true origins of the piece (source: The Ohio State University Marching Band web site).