National Song

National Song

A national anthem (also national hymn, song etc.) is a generally patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation's government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. The majority of national anthems are either marches or hymns in style. The countries of Latin America tend towards more operatic pieces, while a handful of countries use a simple fanfare.

Although national anthems are usually in the most common language of the country, whether de facto or official, there are notable exceptions. India's anthem, "Jana Gana Mana", is in a highly Sanskritized version of Bengali. States with more than one national language may offer several versions of their anthem: For instance, Switzerland's anthem has different lyrics for each of the country's four official languages (French, German, Italian and Romansh). Canada's national anthem has different lyrics for both of the country's official languages (English and French), and on some occasions is sung with a mixture of stanzas taken from its French and English versions. The Sri Lankan national anthem has translated lyrics for each of the country's official languages Sinhala and Tamil. It was actually written in Sinhala, but a Tamil translation is also played on some occasions and mostly played in Tamil Provinces and Tamil schools. On the other hand, South Africa's national anthem is unique in that five of the country's eleven official languages are used in the same anthem (the first stanza is divided between two languages, with each of the remaining three stanzas in a different language). Apart from God Save the Queen, the New Zealand national anthem is now traditionally sung with the first verse in Māori (Aotearoa) and the second in English (God Defend New Zealand). The tune is the same but the words are not a direct translation of each other. Another multilingual country, Spain, has no words in its anthem, La Marcha Real, although in 2007 a national competition to write words was unsuccessfully launched.

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... The Montserrat National Anthem is the British God Save the Queen ... for some time Montserratians have wanted their own national song to differentiate them and celebrate Montserrat at sporting events and other occasions ... In the 1990s the quest for a national song was launched, headed by a committee set up by the government ...
Vande Mataram - History and Significance - Adoption As "national Song"
... Tagore's Jana Gana Mana was chosen as the National Anthem of the 1947 Republic of India ... The designation as "national song" predates independence, dating to 1937 ... At this date, the Indian National Congress discussed at length the status of the song ...
Ken Lim - Timeline of Achievements
1981 - Awarded ‘The Most Outstanding Composition Award’ at the Asia Popular Song Festival at the age of 1984 ... - Represented Singapore at the Seoul Song Festival held in Korea with ... World at Home on 5’ 1999 - Executive Producer and wrote the National Song 'Together'. 1999 - Wrote the National Song 'Together' 2000 - Produced Singapore's millennium song Moments of Magic, starring Fann Wong, Tanya Chua and Elsa Lin ...
2005 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards - Other Awards
... Award Song or album (if available) Recipient Best prospect female award (最有前途新人獎 女新人) - (gold) Janice Vidal (silver) Ivana Wong (bronze) Niki Chow Best prospect male award ...
National Song - Modality
... While most national anthems are in the standard major scale, there are a number of notable exceptions ... The national anthem of South Africa and Il Canto degli Italiani (Italy) do not end in the same key in which they start ... The Afghan National Anthem uses parallel key modulation ...

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