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What's all this about the Spanish National Anthem, then?
Posted by: Furiously Stylish
Date: May 02, 2006 10:11PM
[www.himnonacional.org]

I rate it like a 98, you know, can't dance to it, but it still gives me goosebumps, you know?
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Re: What's all this about the Spanish National Anthem, then?
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: May 02, 2006 10:52PM
José, can you see?





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Re: What's all this about the Spanish National Anthem, then?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 02, 2006 11:08PM
Tune stolen from a weird English gentleman's society song from the 1700's. Nothing to see here, move along...

I personally prefer "How Bizarre"..
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Re: What's all this about the Spanish National Anthem, then?
Posted by: Furiously Stylish
Date: May 03, 2006 08:57AM
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After the war ended in 1783, Pedro retired to private life. He settled in Valencia, where he began to establish his fabulous library, one of the biggest and best in Spain. He also recommenced his study of foreign languages. After he was authorized by the king to leave Spain (this points to a possible mission to collect diplomatic intelligence, but there is no evidence of this), he travelled across Europe. He was in Vienna and Berlin (this was where the well-known story supposedly happened: King Frederick of Prussia gave him the music of the “Grenadiers’ March”, which later became the Spanish National Hymn, in exchange for the knowledge of tactics that Frederick had learned from the Spanish Marquis of Santa Cruz de Marcenado; this is an apocryphal tale and most probably untrue). Later he reached Moscow where he supposedly (there is no evidence) met the future Tsar Paul.
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Re: What's all this about the Spanish National Anthem, then?
Posted by: mick e
Date: May 03, 2006 09:38AM
Greetings from King of Prussia.





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Re: What's all this about the Spanish National Anthem, then?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 03, 2006 11:40AM
now that is funny mick e.
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Re: What's all this about the Spanish National Anthem, then?
Posted by: Furiously Stylish
Date: May 03, 2006 12:15PM
cbelt3 Wrote:
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> Tune stolen from a weird English gentleman's
> society song from the 1700's. Nothing to see here,
> move along...
>
> I personally prefer "How Bizarre"..


How bizarre, indeed.

The tune was "To Anacreon in Heaven," and it was married to the words of our national anthem, written by Francis Scott Key, and has nothing to do with "The Grenadier March."

Consult wikipedia: [en.wikipedia.org]

Two different sung versions of the Himno Nacional Español exist, one from the era of Franco, penned by José Maria Pemán —

[www.himnonacional.org]

— and one written by Eduardo Marquina, from the time of Alfonso XIII:

[www.himnonacional.org]

Currently, the official version of the Himno is not sung to words, as per royal decree.
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