God Save the King (Carey, Henry)

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For Piano solo (Linder)

 Piano score
#10805 - 0.62MB, 1 pp. -  6.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2) - V/V/V - 3165x

PDF scanned by Keller, Klaus-Dieter
Keller, Klaus-Dieter (2007/7/25)

Carey - Heil dir im Siegerkranz.pdf

August Linder

Publisher Info.:

Deutsche Weisen, No.34
Stuttgart: Albert Auer's Musikverlag, n.d. Plate A. 30 A.


Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

German lyrics; highest note is melody


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General Information

Work Title God Save the King
Alternative Title America ; Heil dir im Siegerkranz ; Gott erhalte unsern großen König
Composer Carey, Henry
Movements/Sections 1
First Publication 1744 in Harmonia Anglicana
Librettist Anonymous English text, 1744
Heinrich Harries (1762-1802), 1790 (German text)
Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), 1832
Language English
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voice
Related Works America ("My Country 'Tis of Thee") ; Gott erhalte unsern großen König (adaptation by Johann Kühnau)

Misc. Comments

Publication History

  • The first appearance of the verse God Save the King was in a 1744 collection entitled Harmonia Anglicana, There is no direct evidence that Carey was the composer, though it's not impossible that the music first appeared in an obscure ballad of his. The tune is also sung to words by Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), first issued in an 1832 collection by Lowell Mason entitled The Choir with the title America (now often referred to as My Country 'Tis Of Thee). American composer Charles Ives' Variations on "America" uses this melody as a basis.
  • From 1871 to 1918 Heil dir im Siegerkranz was the unofficial national anthem of the German Empire and was the national anthem of the Kingdom of Prussia.
  • Heil dir im Siegerkranz has the melody of God save the Queen, the national anthem of the United Kingdom.
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