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THEA 241 (Babinskaya): Final

Les Misérables


 Les Misérables is set during the Paris Uprising of 1832 also known as the June Rebellion.  

Musical Instrument

These are musical instruments that existed during the time of this revolt. See images below for Romantic (after 1830s) and earlier instrument from the Baroque period (1650-some time after 1750).


  1. Fife
  2. Flageolets 
  3. Flute 
  4. Piccolo
  5. Bass flute
  6. Walking stick flute
  7. Clarinet 
  8. Bass clarinet
  9. Tarogato 
  10. Heckelclarina
  11. Octavin
  12. Oboe
  13. Cor anglais
  14. Baritone oboe
  15. Sarrusophones 
  16. Bassoon
  17. Contrabassoon 
  18. Hand trumpet
  19. Slide trumpet 
  20. Keyed  trumpet
  21. Valved trumpet
  22. Slide trombone 
  23. Buccin  trombone
  24. Hand horn
  25. Crook horn 
  26. Omnitonic horn
  27. Tuba
  28. Serpent
  29. Bugle 
  30. Cornet 
  31. Basshorn
  32. Ophicleide 
  33. Tuba-Dupre
  34. Saxhorn
  35. Alto horn
  36. Tenor trombone 
  37. Clavicor 
  38. Alto marching horn
  39. Konighorn
  40. Symphonium 
  41. Mouth organ
  42. Concertina 
  43. Accordion
  44. Organ
  45. Harmonium 
  46. Parlor organ 


  1. Tubular bells
  2. Glockenspiel 
  3. Celeste 
  4. Xylophone
  5. Gongs 
  6. Triangle 
  7. Wood block 
  8. Cymbal
  9. Castanets
  10. Claves


  1. Kettledrum
  2. Bass drum
  3. Tenor drum
  4. Tambourine
  5. Sade drum


  1. Pedal harp
  2. Guitar
  3. Walking stick guitar 
  4. Violin
  5. Viola
  6. Violoncello
  7. Double bass
  8. Walking stick violin
  9. Zither
  10. Grand piano
  11. Orphinca
  12. Pyramid piano 


"Insurgents began uprooting the saplings planted to replace the larger trees cut down during the July Days. They also scavenged planks and beams from nearby construction sites and improvised tools for prying up paving stones. Theses classic raw materials were natural choices because they added mass, helped knit the structure together, and were usually found in abundance right at the site of barricade construction... Individual structures took as little as fifteen minutes to erect." P. 18-19 Traugott 

V. Hugo was out on the streets during the rebellion and found barricades on these streets:

  •  Les Halles was barricaded.
  • Hugo headed north up rue Montmartre,
  • Then turned right onto Passage du Saumon,
  • The last turning before rue du Bout du Monde (World's End Street).
  • Halfway down the alley, the grilles at either end were slammed shut. 

Graham, Robb (1998). Victor Hugo: A Biography. W.W. Norton and Company.

Materials you would find on the street 

  • Tilbury (gig or carriage) 
  • Crates
  • Barrels 
  • Horse-Drawn commercial vehicles
  • Horse-drawn carriages

French artist painting  Parisian streets or drawing rooms; examine these painting for items found on the street or thrown out the windows to be used for building barricades.  


Barricades Before the Attack, Rue Saint-Maur​
Date: June 26, 1848