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Greek & Cypriot National Anthem ''Imnos Eis Tin Eleftherian'' For Symphony Orchestra (Kt Olympic Anthem Series)

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By Nikolaos Mantzaros

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Full Orchestra - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Nikolaos Mantzaros. Arranged by Keith Terrett. Romantic Period, European, Patriotic. Score, Set of Parts. 27 pages. Published by Music for all Occasions (S0.713383).

Item Number: S0.713383

An arrangement of the Greek & Cypriot National Anthem ''Hymn to Freedom'' for Orchestra.

There are versions for Brass Quintet & String Orchestra in my on-line stores.

The Greek Anthem is based on the “Hymn to the Freedom”, a large 158 verse poem written by Dionysios Solomos, a distinguished poet from Zakynthos Island. It was inspired by the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. During 1828 Nikolaos Mantzaros composed the music for Solomos’ hymn, one version for the entire poem, and one for just the first two stanzas. Although King Othon (Otto) decorated both of them for their work (1845 and 1849), he did not replace the Royal Anthem of that time with the Solomos/Mantzaros hymn. The royal anthem then in use was a musical derivative from the German one, with a text glorifying Othon and his dynasty. After the overthrow of the dynasty, the new King George I and the Greek establishment decided to look for a clearly Greek work, both with respect to the poetry and the music. The “Hymn to the Freedom” was readily there – extremely popular since the Revolution times, often recited or sung during patriotic meetings and celebrations, and the “Hymn to Freedom” (with Mantzaro’s version for the first two stanzas only) became the national anthem. The Greek anthem is also used in Cyprus, which has a substantial Greek community. For more of my original music, great arrangements and all the national anthems of the world, check out my on-line stores:

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