For the second summer Olympics in a row, I just can’t seem to get motivated enough to watch a single event. Consequently, I’ve missed out on any anthem arrangement related controversy, such as the head-scratcher arrangements from 2004 games in Greece or the 2008 games in China where that county outright stole arrangements.
But I did run across an article by Alex Marshall in the 8/8/2016 edition of bbc.com that highlights 10 anthems the authors suggest are worth going out of your way to hear. There are some good recordings to accompany each one (after you sit patiently through the terribly long ads).
If you’re watching the games, have any of the anthems struck you? If so, which ones and why?
2 thoughts on “Get Your Anthem Fix”
I have to admit to not liking anthems, including our own. I generally watch the sporting event I’m interested in while turning off the sound as the inevitable anthem starts.
I have to admit to being a huge fan of national anthems, and have a rather large collection of recordings and notated music for over 200 anthems! For those who think they are all militaristic, predictable and easily dismissed, I submit for your interest, this link to a recording of the national anthem of India; words and music by Nobel Prize Winning Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4La__af1fVU