Wednesday, March 9, 2011
A national anthem(also national hymn, song etc) is a generally patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, tradition and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation's government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people.
An anthem can become a country's national anthem by a provision in the country's constitution, by a law enacted by its legislature or simply by tradition. The majority of national anthems are either marches or hymns in style. The countries of Latin America tend towards more operatic pieces, while a handful of countries use a simple fanfare.
National anthems are usually in the most common language of the country, whether de facto or official, there are notable exceptions.