Olympiakós Ýmnos (“Olympic Hymn”)

This abridged arrangement of the Samaras cantata written for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 is thrilling and solemn, building to a fff climax!

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The Olympic Hymn (Greek: Ολυμπιακός Ύμνος, Latin alphabet transliteration: Olympiakós Ýmnos), also known informally as the Olympic Anthem, was composed by Spyridon Samaras, with lyrics by poet Kostis Palamas. Both poet and composer were chosen by the first President of the International Olympic Committee.

The work was performed for the first time for the ceremony of opening of the first edition at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and was declared the official Olympic Anthem by the International Olympic Committee in 1958 at the 54th Session of the IOC in Tokyo, Japan.

Since 1960, it has been played at the opening and closing ceremonies of each Olympic Games.

This abridgment has dramatic octave movement, triplet passages, and a building crescendo that will inspire all audiences!

Key: C Major

Mood: solemn, dramatic, bold, serious

Pedagogy: octaves, crescendo, triplets


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