Melodies of Europe
There is nothing more national than melodies. Nursery rhymes, march songs, drinking songs, ribaldries, christmas carols or even canons are pieces of national culture and patrimony. This diversity in Europe has to be celebrated as such, keeping in mind that once put together they represent centuries of history. Many of the ribaldries or drinking songs for instance come from the Middle-Age, nursery rhymes reveal the secular practices of education while march songs disclose the different traditions of the European armies. This section tries to compile those hidden treasures so as to present them together in a European outlook.
Our best child memories may be found in the nursery rhymes we used to listen at school or before going to sleep at night. In Europe, every country has its own rich patrimony regarding nursery rhymes, with sometimes wonderful melodies, but a little is really known outside national frontiers. The following list of European nursery rhymes tries to bridge this gap, delivering the most famous reference for each country and often superb samples such as the one from France, Iceland, Belgium, Bosnia y Herzegovina or Belarus. The following list provides you […]
Europe is not only the development of political institutions, it is also the special intercultural link that every European citizen can experience in bars all over the continent. Erasmus students all remember the first time they sang the most popular drinking song of their host-country. It is actually an interesting experience to get to know how Europeans have fun and to share national toast or drinking […]
If there is one characteristic all Europeans share across the continent, it is certainly their love for football! But by “football” Europeans don’t mean American football, that you actually play with hands and not foot. No! European football! The one that shakes the whole continent every two years, either for the World Championship or the European Championship, and that gathers thousands of supporters in giant Stadiums. And what do those European supporters do when they are in Stadiums! They sing of course! […]
Let’s meet Santa Claus in Finland, drink Glühwein in German Christmas markets, bake traditional cookies in Denmark, eat one of the seven Christmas meals in France or sing the world famous Silent night carol in Austria. Washington Irving is right, Europe is all about those treasures of age accumulated over centuries. And Christmas Carols may bear the lion’s share in this regards. The following list provide […]
Did you know that the oldest national anthem in the world is the Wilhelmus, the Dutch anthem, written between 1568 and 1572 during the Dutch Revolt and which became the official anthem in 1932 ? Did you also know that both the Spanish and the Bosnian anthem were two of the few national anthems in the world without lyrics ? Have you noticed that God Save the Queen/God Save the King, the national anthem of the United Kingdom adapt its title whenever the gender of its monarch change ? Did you know that Denmark has two different anthems, Der er et yndigt land and Kong Christian stod ved højen mast ? […]
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