National Anthems as Raw Material for Classical Compositions

Medalists from the U.S., Italy and Korea at the Team Archery Final on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wikipedia Commons)

The Rio Olympics will once again put national anthems in the spotlight, as winning athletes stand on the medal podium to hear their country’s song played over loudspeakers while their respective flag is hoisted above. The medal ceremonies can make for great television, though if past games are a precedent, American viewers will hear lots of the U.S. national anthem, to the exclusion of other countries. Continue reading “National Anthems as Raw Material for Classical Compositions”