Sunday, May 07, 2006

Contest for best new National Anthem

On a completely different note, Armenia is apparently choosing a new national anthem. I can't say I'll miss the old one much... perhaps Der Hova can make this his newest project, it pays MILLIONS! :-)

CONTEST FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM TO BE ANNOUNCED IN 20 DAYS

Panorama.am
18:07 04/05/06

By the decision of the Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan,
a contest committee is established for the selection of the text
and music of the national anthem of the Republic of Armenia, headed
by the Armenian Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs. A number of
prominent state and cultural figures are included in the committee.

According to government press services, the committee is assigned
to develop the standards for selection and the contest conditions
in 15-days time. It is also responsible to select the text and the
music in 2-months period.

The government decided today to set a prize of 700,000 dram for
the text and the music of the national anthem. 2 mln drams are
appropriated from the government reserve fund in order to ensure
information dissemination and other contest related issues, including
remuneration to the author of the anthem.

According to government press service, the decision was conditioned
by the changes made in the Armenian constitution.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Vrouyr said...

I was very glad to read this! I am not fond of our current anthem at all.

We should bring back the melody of the Soviet Armenian anthem. Having Khachaturian as the composer of our national anthem seems only fitting.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The national anthem should be "Haratch Nahadag"

http://www.cilicia.com/armo_files_music_harach.html

It has historical meaning (the heroic battles against the Turkish Army right before establishing independent Armenia in 1918). And it's purely Armenian (unlike Mer Hayrenik which is "Idalatsee aghtchga yerk-e). It's composed by Kevork Garvarentz who was the father of Georges Garvarents, Charles Aznavour's brother-in-law and composer of most of his songs.

The midi version above doesn't do justice to the song, which could be truly inspiring as a national anthem. Some changes in lyrics could be thought about.

The Khachaturian sounds very Communist but of course if there is a drastic change in words maybe it could work.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet a third choice could be "Sardarabad" by Edgar Hovhannissian and Barouyr Sevag

3:29 PM  
Blogger nazarian said...

I don't think the National Anthem should be anchored on battles with the Turks. The Turks may be a big threat and problem for the Republic of Armenia but the republic has a lot of other things going on.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Nareg said...

I don't like all this "Mer Hayrenik"-bashing. It may be "Idalatsi aghchga yerke", but it was written to fit into the Armenian context by a very prominent early Armenian revolutionary, Mikayel Nalbandyan. And this was the national anthem of the First Republic, after all.

My dad was always in favour of "Pamp Vorodan" by, I believe, Ghevont Alishan, and many do like the Khachadryan Soviet one...

Well, whatever they decide, it's upsetting having to change a national symbol, and I hope they never change it again. These sorts of things have to remain constant and consistent. In any case, "Mer Hayrenik" will always hold a special place in Armenian history.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous wasp said...

Can anybody tell that what's unconstitutional in the current anthem? Is that because Armenia is not free or independent or not ours anymore? Maybe after all not with all that Russian dependency and Kocharian's passion to copy GasPutin.
What also worries me is the selection process. We might end up with a music written by somebody who has good connections or what is his name, I guess Ara Gevorgian and sang by 'our' Eurovision entry guy. However lets try to be positive since we have some very good composers like Tigran Mansoorian.

1:40 AM  
Blogger shooosh said...

Hey Hey... even though I like some change... Changing the national anthem is CRAZY (in my opinion). How many countries just decide to change the national anthem....?? What's next--the flag? I mean, when you're at this huge event and they play that beautiful version of Mer Hayrenik.. WOW! Now, WHENNNNN we get our lands back and are creating a NEW Armenia... that's a different story. :)

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's this talk about the anthem not reflecting today's reality... Does the Marseille reflect France's modern reality or what about the other anthems... One more proof that the present authorities want to cut all ties to the diaspora which for over 70 years kept the flag and the anthem alive while the Soviets changed the entire characteristics of our fellow Armenians... we need to change the way today's inhabitants of Armenia think and do business before changing the anthem... The present anthem is the type of nostalgia we need, not the Soviet-style laziness nostalgia!

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Vrouyr said...

Or perhaps diasporans aren't willing to accept that 1921-1991 was not some black hole where nothing occured in Armenia?
Nothing can be only positive or only negative. Soviet Armenia experienced a cultural rebirth, be it in music, art or poetry, and there is no denying that.
Just think of names like Sevag, Khachaturian, Avetisian, Sarian, Shiraz, etc, etc..

11:12 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

while i will reserve my opinion on the concept of changing the national anthem, where were all of you supporter and critics of this action, when this country was going through a consitutional process, on which this action is based? exactly, those in the diaspora only paid attention to dual citizenship clause and those in armenia only paid attention to whether the the president could have more than two terms. everything else in between fell by the wayside. wait until things like parliamentary powers and judicial reforms come up. i'd love to see how worried you are about those things. just typical, i say! and if i sound angry, it's because i am, because it's time that all of us wake up and smell the stench of whatever it is that we call our state and our nation.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous iArarat said...

i am for "who let the dogs out." describes reality pretty darn well :)

9:27 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

3 possible choices:

1) Zardni lao, mrnem kzi
2) Khachaturian Sabre Dance
3) Duduk mix, a la the gladiator theme.

Seriosuly though, whats wrong with the current one.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Alex!

8:21 PM  

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