Graz: Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt, 1982. Hardcover.
Oblong folio. Original publisher's boards. 25 pp. textual commentary, 13 pp. facsimile of the composer's autograph musical manuscript. Commentary loosely laid in to inner pocket of front pastedown.
An "overtly political composition," the "Emperor's Hymn" dates from the winter of 1796-1797.
"Although one later account has Swieten manipulating things, the immediate impetus came from Count Joseph Franz Saurau, the president of Lower Austria and later Minister of the Interior: 'I have often regretted that unlike the English we had no national anthem suited to display before the entire world the devoted attachment of the people to their Landesvater … This seemed especially necessary at a time when the Revolution in France was raging at its strongest … I had a text fashioned by the worthy poet [Lorenz Leopold] Haschka; and to have it set to music, I turned to our immortal compatriot Haydn, who, I felt, was the only man capable of creating something that could be placed at the side of … 'God Save the King'." Georg Feder and James Webster in Grove Music Online.
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