Patriotic Songs by Classical Composers

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Franz Joseph Haydn (Thomas Hardy/Wikipedia Commons)

A country’s national anthem can stir the soul of its citizens. This week on Classics for Kids listen to a selection of national anthems and other patriotic music written by classical composers. The program concludes a month-long series on Franz Joseph Haydn whose "Emperor" Quartet inspired Germany's national anthem.

Program playlist:

Ludwig van Beethoven: "God Save the King" Variations

Franz Joseph Haydn: "Emperor" Quartet

Thomas Arne: "Rule, Britannia"

Gustav Holst: "I Vow to Thee, My Country"

Edward Elgar: "Land of Hope and Glory"

Guiseppe Verdi: "Va, pensiero" from Nabucco

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia Hymn

John Philip Sousa: "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

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