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The National Anthem Connection

When some people hear the German national anthem, they think of an Anglican hymn. Others recall a string quartet by Joseph Haydn.

In fact, the tune has served all three purposes, but-surprisingly--its origins lie in the British national anthem, "God Save the King." 

In the next hour, the curious and intertwined stories behind these two familiar tunes, and the ways they have been used-and misused-for the past two centuries.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Play List

Haydn: Variations for piano on the hymn 'Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser' (arrangement of string quartet Op. 76/3, 2nd mvt.): Variation 2 ; Schirmer; Label: Berlin Classics; Number: 001630 2BC FindBUY FindBUY
Haydn: God Save the King ; Label: Musical Heritage Society; Number: MHS 544850T FindBUY FindBUY
Haydn: Symphony No. 96 In D Major 'Miracle': Allegro ; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; Label: Vox (Classical); Number: 8508 FindBUY FindBUY
Haydn: Emperor Quartet, second movement ; Amadeus Quartet; Label: Deutsche Grammophon; Number: 415 867-2 FindBUY FindBUY
Haydn: Glorious things of thee are spoken ; York Minster Choir; Label: Priory Records; Number: PRCD 701 FindBUY FindBUY
Beethoven: God Save the King, song for voice & piano trio, WoO 157/1 ; Paul Agnew, Sophie Daneman, Peter Harvey; Label: Astree; Number: PRCD 701 FindBUY FindBUY
Beethoven: Wellington's Victory - London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Dorati, conductor; Label: Mercury Records; Number: 434 326-2 FindBUY FindBUY
Czerny: Czerny: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 73 – Finale - Vienna Chamber Orchestra; Helmut Froschauer, conductor; Felicja Blumental; Label: Brana Records; Number: BR 0024 FindBUY FindBUY
Franck: Duo for piano No.1 (on 'God Save the King'), for piano, 4 hands, Op. 4, M. 12 ; Egri, Pertis; Label: Hungaroton; Number: HCD32444 FindBUY FindBUY
Robert Shaw Chorale: America - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra; Robert Shaw Chorale; Label: RCA Victor; Number: 2662 FindBUY FindBUY
Franck: Duo for piano No.1 (on 'God Save the King'), for piano, 4 hands, Op. 4, M. 12 ; Egri, Pertis; Label: Hungaroton; Number: HCD32444 FindBUY FindBUY
Smetana: Finale: Allegro Non Troppo Ma Energico - ORF Symphony Orchestra; Label: Marco-Polo; Number: 8.223120 FindBUY FindBUY
Viktor Ullmann: The Kaiser Von Atlantis: Scene 1: VII Hallo, hallo! Achtung! Achtung! - Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; Label: London / Decca; Number: 440 854-2 FindBUY FindBUY
Ives/Schuman: Variations On 'America' - Houston Symphony Orchestra; Label: Compendia Concert Gold; Number: 3660 FindBUY FindBUY

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