Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Revamped Anthem

Apparently, I had overlooked the fact that the national Anthem has, in fact, been sort of shook up a little to get the baroque and martial accretions gained over the ages fall off from the score. We have gone back, they assure us earnestly, to the orginal, "be it good or bad", as even our President Ciampi had to admit while talking to the National Socced Team.

Anyway, you can find out more about the hymn here than you probably ever wanted to. Everything is in Italian though - the Presidency did not think foreigners might be interested, obviously. I should scold them, but them they might follow me back here and be duly outraged by my lack of respect for the Symbol, "be it good or bad". In theory there's a "hear the anthem" link, but doesn't seem to work. Pity. Or possibly mercy, dunno.

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