Uruguayan National Anthem for Brass Quintet (MFAO World National Anthem Series)
The national anthem of Uruguay arranged for Brass Quintet.
The "National Anthem of Uruguay", also known by its first line "Orientales, la Patria o la Tumba", is the longest national anthem in terms of duration with 105 bars of music
The anthem’s lyrics are by Francisco Acuña de Figueroa, who was also author of the lyrics to Paraguay’s national anthem; "Paraguayos, República o Muerte". The lyrics were officially declared the national anthem on July 8, 1833.
The music was composed by Francisco José Debali with the collaboration of Fernando Quijano. It was first performed on July 19, 1845. The music was officially declared the national anthem on July 25, 1848. Ninety years later (May 20, 1938) a new decree incorporated modifications by Gerardo Grasso and Benone Calcavecchia. Only the first two verses are sung. The theme of the anthem is supposedly taken from a Donizetti opera, while the elaboration of this theme is truly Debali’s merit.
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