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Haitian National Anthem (La Dessalinienne) for Brass Quintet

Composer
Nicholas Geffrard (1871-1930) Arranged by Keith Terrett
Arranger
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
World music
Instrumentation
Brass quintet
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The national anthem of Haiti arranged for classical brass quintet.

La Dessalinienne (French pronunciation: ​[la dɛs.salinjɛn]) is the national anthem of Haiti. It was written by Justin Lhérisson and composed by Nicolas Geffrard.

To commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Haitian Revolution, a competition was held for a national anthem in 1903. The poetic words of Justin Lhérisson and martial composition of Nicolas Geffrard won over the judges, which led to its official adoption as national anthem in 1904. La Dessalinienne was named in honor of Haiti's revolutionary leader and first ruler Jean-Jacques Dessalines.There is a Haitian Creole version that was created by Raymond A. Moise. Ansy Dérose, a Haitian singer, helped popularize it. Although it became widely accepted, the 1987 Haitian Constitution makes no mention of this particular version.

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