When some people hear this 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 the next 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.