If you read my music blog With just A Hint Of Mayhem in addition to this one you will already know that I am not a big fan of the UK national anthem. Although I hope to hear it a lot during the Olympics to signify a large haul of gold medals. But there are a few things about our national anthem and those of some other countries that I didn’t know until now.
Firstly the UK national anthem “God Save The Queen” was originally written and published in 1745 and is believed to be the first recognised national anthem in the world. In fact it became so recognised as an anthem that some other countries began to adopt it as their own, albeit with different lyrics. “Oben Am Jungen Rhein” which translates as ‘Above The Young Rhine‘ is the national anthem of Liechtenstein and it is sung to the same tune as the UK national anthem.
Is there an international plagiarism case to be had here? I doubt it as both Zimbabwe and Oman seem to use the tune of the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” as their own too. Do you know of any other shared national anthem tunes? I have long been unhappy that we English do not have our own national anthem, “God Save The Queen” is a British national anthem, so maybe we need to steal a tune from someone else!