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    Many of the world's countries have produced some damn good national anthems. Here are a few in no particular order. Add to the list if you wish. Analysis not required.

    1) National Anthem of Turkey

    Sounds like it was pitch-shifted to me, to F# minor from G minor, but this is the best sound quality I could find. I don't know much about the Turkish language but it has a nice sound to it. Note the frequent modulations to different keys, and the solemn yet slightly aggressive feel of the minor key in a march style.

    2) National Anthem of the Republic of China

    The calm choral style is very appealing to me. I've never considered Chinese to be a pretty-sounding language, but this manages to make it sound pretty. The constant calmness until the regal swell at the end magnifies the important feeling of this anthem. I also love layered vocal parts.

    3) National Anthem of Afghanistan

    My favorite on this list. Written in Pashto, a distant relative of the Dari Persian that is the other official language of Afghanistan. Though it borrows some vocabulary from Persian, it differs significantly grammatically and phonetically, and it is thought to be most closely related to the ancient Avestan language in which the texts of Zoroastrianism were written. Whatever its roots, it is a beautiful language, second only to Persian. This is really a fantastic anthem that eschews the Western tradition of raising the leading tone (and sometimes the submediant) in a minor key. This contributes to the slightly "exotic" sound of the anthem to those that are not familiar with modal music. Additionally, the switching between the parallel minor and major key evokes a wide range of emotions subconsciously. If I ever become King, I will have something similar to this be my anthem.

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    I am biased because I am half Italian, but I think the Italian national anthem is boss:

    "Nothing happens until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change."

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    Everything pales in comparison to Soviet anthem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raver View Post
    I am biased because I am half Italian, but I think the Italian national anthem is boss:

    Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy View Post
    Scheiss nazis
    Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy View Post
    Everything pales in comparison to Soviet anthem.

    Yeah it's pretty good. You might find this amusing:

    My guess is that the hot Egyptian climate caused thermal expansion and wreaked havoc on the mostly metal instruments, combined with poor compensatory tuning on the part of the musicians. Either that or it was a subtle middle finger to Putin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy View Post
    Everything pales in comparison to Soviet anthem.

    Yeah, my personal opinion. It's among the anthems with a beautiful melody... but I don't get the lyrics without translation.

    And now...
    32 different anthems in a row...


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    The German anthem was originally composed by Haydn. He also used it in one of his string quartets. The melody + variations. I think the melody sound the most beautiful like this

    https://youtu.be/udPddgVKzLg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallmo View Post
    The German anthem was originally composed by Haydn. He also used it in one of his string quartets. The melody + variations. I think the melody sound the most beautiful like this

    https://youtu.be/udPddgVKzLg
    It's an awful anthem about Germans conquering all Europe, I honestly think it should be banned forever.
    Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    It's an awful anthem about Germans conquering all Europe, I honestly think it should be banned forever.
    I see nothing awful about the anthem, esp. the melody. The problem might be the lyrics, because there is a lot of potential to misinterpret the meaning of the lyrics, esp. the first stanza, from Hoffmann von Fallersleben.
    The most common misinterpretation of the lyrics is from the period of Nazim government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    It's an awful anthem about Germans conquering all Europe, I honestly think it should be banned forever.
    Quote Originally Posted by WinnieW View Post
    I see nothing awful about the anthem, esp. the melody. The problem might be the lyrics, because there is a lot of potential to misinterpret the meaning of the lyrics, esp. the first stanza, from Hoffmann von Fallersleben.
    The most common misinterpretation of the lyrics is from the period of Nazim government.
    It was originally composed by Haydn in 1797 in honor of the emperor of Austria with the words "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallmo View Post
    It was originally composed by Haydn in 1797 in honor of the emperor of Austria with the words "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser"
    Yeah, but it's only the historical association that is bad, not the piece of music itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinnieW View Post
    Yeah, but it's only the historical association that is bad, not the piece of music itself.
    No, the music is great. And it's interesting to hear the original music long before it became the anthem of Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallmo View Post
    No, the music is great.
    Yes, I didn't say otherwise. It's a graceful and peaceful piece of music.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tallmo View Post
    And it's interesting to hear the original music long before it became the anthem of Germany.
    Yes, the bad reputation – if at all – comes from the time between 1933 and 1945.

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    Jääkärimarssi / the Jaeger March

    This is not a national anthem, but a Finnish patriotic military march, composed by Sibelius in 1917.

    I think this is another example of patriotic music that also has good artistic qualities.

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    Even if it has terrible lyrics, you can respect a piece of music for its musical qualities.

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    see what I don't understand is why every country has a national anthem and why they are all done the same way. These all sound Western European.

    Not that it's bad, I just wonder how the national anthems of many countries would be different if they used musical styles unique to the culture.

    The Russian anthem is my personal favorite as of what I've heard so far.

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