The Elf Hill – The origin of the Danish National Play and the Royal Anthem

In November 1828 Princess Vilhelmine Marie, the daughter of King Frederik VI, was to marry Prince Frederik Carl Christian (later King Frederik VII). At that time, it was quite common to celebrate royal events such as a weddings with a special performance at the Royal Danish Theatre. […]

January 11th, 2017|News, Sound categories|0 Comments

”Maamme” (Our country), brief history of the Finnish national anthem

”Maamme” (Our country), the national anthem of Finland, must be one of the most international of all national anthems. The music was composed by a German immigrant, the lyrics were originally written in Swedish, and the same melody, with different lyrics, also serves as the national anthem of Estonia. […]

December 6th, 2015|Music, News|0 Comments

Latvia’s anthem: a short history

For the very first Latvian Song Festival in 1873 Latvian composer Kārlis Baumanis (1835-1905) composed for male choir a song-prayer “Dievs, svētī Latviju!” (God, bless Latvia!). His composition later became the anthem of the Republic of Latvia. It was written at a time when Latvia did not exist as a sovereign state […]

November 18th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Brief history of the Polish national anthem

The Polish national anthem is called Dąbrowski’s Mazurka or Song of the Polish Legions in Italy’ and although the author of the lyrics, a poet and activist Józef Wybicki, is perfectly known, its composer still remains unknown. The piece has many titles, nevertheless it has stayed more or less intact since it was written in 1797 [...]

November 13th, 2015|Music, News|0 Comments

From “Gott erhalte“ to “Land der Berge”, a brief history of the Austrian national anthem

The Austrian national holiday is on the 26th of October. On this day in 1955 Austria signed the Declaration of Neutrality. The history of Austria’s national anthem is a rather long and eventful one and starts back in the 18th century. […]

October 26th, 2015|Music, News, Sound categories|0 Comments

“The Marcha Real”, brief history of the National anthem of Spain

The National anthem of Spain is one of the oldest in the world. The Marcha Real is its traditional denomination, although it is also known as the Marcha de Granaderos or the Marcha Granadera. It has been the anthem of Spain since 18th century, with the exception, because of its identification with the Bourbon monarchy, of the Liberal Revolution of 1820-1823, the First Republic (1873-1874) and the Second Republic (1931-1939). […]

October 12th, 2015|Music, News|0 Comments