When these arrangements were first prepared, I consulted two main reference books, National Anthems by Paul Nettl (Storm Publishers, New York 1952) and National Anthems of the World, edited by Martin Shaw, Henry Coleman and T M Cartledge (Blandford Press, London 1969). More recent sources have included the World Wide Web and there are several excellent websites where you can obtain further information.

The most important source for my recent research has been David Kendall's excellent www.nationalanthems.info which is an up-to-date and scholarly study of a great many national anthems of the world. As a source of fascinating information, I would recommend giving it a visit. The site contains music, lyrics and downloadable audio files.

I would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance given by the agencies shown below and particularly the anonymous official at one of the European embassies in London, who clarified some points of style in his country's anthem by singing it, with considerable fervour, over the telephone.


Australian High Commission, London
Austrian Cultural Institute, London
Belgian Embassy, London
Canadian High Commission, London
Commission of the European Communities, Strasbourg, France
Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, New Zealand
Embassy of Finland, London
German Embassy, London
Embassy of Portugal, London
Fazer Music, Helsinki, Finland
French Embassy, London
New Zealand High Commission, London
Polish Cultural Institute, London
Royal Military School of Music, England
Royal Netherlands Embassy, London
Royal Norwegian Embassy, London
Swedish Embassy, London
United States International Communication Agency, London
University College, Cardiff, United Kingdom.


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David Bolzman, Visual Coordinator for Marching Show Concepts, Inc. Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA)
Charles Busuttil, Band Aid Music (Malta)
Ian Butterworth, Musical Director of Erato Orchestra (UK)
Dr Nicholas J Childs, Music Director and Principal Conductor, Black Dyke Band (UK)
Richard Edwards, Editor, Winds Magazine, British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (UK)
Josef Frommelt, Official Arranger of the Liechtenstein National Anthem for the Government of Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein)
Jeff Girard, Shattinger Music Company, Saint Louis (USA)
Ben Gunner, Founder and Director, Musica Europa, Maidenhead, Berkshire (UK)
Joseph M. Granzow, International School of Kuala Lumpur. (Malaysia)
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Prof. Dr. Mihaly Ittzes, Ferenc Liszt University of Music, Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music, Music Pedagogical Archives Kecskemét (Hungary)
David Kendall, author of National Anthems Info, Manitoba (Canada)
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Elizabeth Strausz, Press & International Affairs, MAV Symphony Orchestra, Budapest (Hungary)
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