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Saturday, July 26, 2014 Permalink

The Anthem Connection

Flags of Great Britain & Austrian Empire


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

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

In this 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.