I was delighted to receive, from friend and colleague, Gordon Wood, the anthems for all 32 World Cup teams. In addition to the notation for each tune, there is a short history of the tune and, in some cases, lyrics. Not only a labour of love, but a rich task. Generously, Gordon encouraged me to pass them on to as many people as would find them useful.
Here they are:
Algeria Argentina Australia Brasil Cameroon Chile Cote d’Ivoire Denmark England France Germany Ghana Greece Honduras Italy Japan Korea Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria North Korea Paraguay Portugal Serbia Slovakia Slovenia South Africa Spain Switzerland Uruguay USA Wavin Flag Wavin’ Flag Lyrics
In order that these can be accessed by as many people as possible, I’ve converted them to pdf format. These are mostly in keys suitable for military band. If you would like the original Sibelius files, so that you can transpose to suit particular instruments, just post a comment and I’ll email them to you.
2 thoughts on “World Cup Anthems”
Fascinating. I thought Uruguay’s tonight was long, but that was the short version! And I thought it sounded very classical in the middle – must be the Donizetti influence.
I read that it is the longest anthem in the world (not just the longest
in the Tournament) I was impressed by the number who sang it (or seemed to know the words) and their
football playing!! If they win, perhaps the boys will all imrpove their music skills by learning it!!
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