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God Save the Queen

til 1949; the final version includes an introduction, seven variations and a polytonal interlude. The piece was adapted for orchestra in 1963 by William Schuman. This version became popular during the bicentennial celebrations, and is often heard at pops concerts.

Muthuswami Dikshitar (1776–1835), one of the musical trinity in South Indian classical (Carnatic) music composed some Sanskrit pieces set to Western tunes. These are in the raga Sankarabharanam and are referred to as "nottu swaras". Among these, the composition "Santatam Pahimam Sangita Shyamale" is set to the tune of "God save The Queen"

Rock adaptations

The British rock band Family sampled "God Save The Queen" at the end of their 1968 debut album, Music in a Doll's House, following the final track, "3 x Time."

The Beatles performed an impromptu version of "God Save The Queen" during their 30 January 1969 rooftop concert, atop the Apple building.[95] They had also whistled the melody of the song on their first fan club Christmas record in 1963.

Jimi Hendrix of The Jimi Hendrix Experience played an impromptu version of "God Save The Queen" to open his set at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. Just before walking onto the stage, he can be seen (on the DVD) and heard to ask "How does it go again?" in reference to the said UK national anthem. He was able just to hear it mimicked by voice and then perform it.[96] Hendrix gave the same sort of distortion and improvisation of "God Save The Queen", as he had done with the "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.[96]

Gentle Giant performed a version—titled The Queen—on their 1970 debut album.

In 1977, the Sex Pistols recorded a song titled "God Save the Queen" in open reference to the National Anthem and the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations that year, with the song intending to stand for sympathy for the working class and resentment of the monarchy.[97] They were banned from many venues, censored by mainstream media, and reached number 2 on the official U.K. singles charts and number 1 on the NME chart.[97][98]
QueenA Night at the Opera
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
(Track 11)
"God Save the Queen"
(Track 12)
(end of album)

The rock band Queen recorded an instrumental version of "God Save the Queen" on their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It was arranged by guitarist Brian May and features his distinctive layers of overdubbed electric guitars. A tape of this version would be played at the end of almost every concert, with Freddie Mercury walking around the stage wearing a crown and a cloak on their Magic Tour in 1986. While the song was played, the Queen members would take their bows.[99] On 3 June 2002, during the Queen's Golden Jubilee, Brian May performed the anthem on his Red Special electric guitar for Party at the Palace, performing from the roof of Buckingham Palace, and features on the 30th Anniversary DVD edition of A Night at the Opera.[100][101]

A version of "God Save The Queen" by Madness features the melody of the song played on kazoos. It was included on the compilation album The Business – the Definitive Singles Collection.[102]

Composer Steve Ouimette recorded a rock version as Downloadable content for the video game Guitar Hero 5.[103]

Canadian rocker Neil Young recorded a rock version of "God Save The Queen", merged with "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)", for his 2012 Americana album with Crazy Horse.

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External links

  • Official Royal webpage on the anthem
  • Streaming audio, lyrics and information about God Save the Queen
  • Department of Canadian Heritage – Royal anthem page
  • God Save Great George our King: – article discussing different versions of the lyrics
  • Free sheet music of God Save the Queen from Cantorion.org


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