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"Els Segadors" (The Reapers) is the national anthem of the Catalan Nation, in the state of Spain. It has been the anthem of the Catalan people since the late 19th century. A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is evoking and eulogizing the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nations government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. ... Anthem: Els Segadors Capital Barcelona Official language(s) Spanish, Catalan, and Aranese Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 6th  32,114 km²  6. ...

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History

The modern lyrics are by Emili Guanyavents and were written in 1899; the music was by Francesc Alió and was written in 1892, based on an old popular song.


The Catalan government made "Els Segadors" its national anthem in 1993.


Lyrics

Catalunya triomfant,

tornarà a ser rica i plena.
Endarrera aquesta gent
tan ufana i tan superba.

Catalonia triumphant

Will once again be rich and bountiful,
Drive them back, these people
So conceited and so arrogant.

Bon cop de falç,

Bon cop de falç,
Defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!

A good blow with the sickle,

A good blow with the sickle,
Defenders of the land!
A good blow with the sickle!

Ara és hora, segadors.
Ara és hora d'estar alerta.
Per quan vingui un altre juny
esmolem ben bé les eines.

Now is the time, reapers,

Now is the time to be alert.
For when another June comes,
Let us sharpen our tools well.

Bon cop de falç,

Bon cop de falç,
Defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!

A good blow with the sickle,

A good blow with the sickle,
Defenders of the land!
A good blow with the sickle!

Que tremoli l'enemic

en veient la nostra ensenya.
Com fem caure espigues d'or,
quan convé seguem cadenes.

Let the enemy tremble

On seeing our banner.
Just as we cut down golden stalks of wheat,
When the time is right, we can hack chains.[1]

Bon cop de falç,

Bon cop de falç,
Defensors de la terra!
Bon cop de falç!

A good blow with the sickle,

A good blow with the sickle,
Defenders of the land!
A good blow with the sickle!

See also

Anthem: Els Segadors Capital Barcelona Official language(s) Spanish, Catalan, and Aranese Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 6th  32,114 km²  6. ... The Uprising of Catalonia (known in Catalan as the “Guerra dels Segadors” or Reapers War) affected a large part of Catalonia between the years of 1640 and 1659. ...

Notes

  1. ^ The verb in the Catalan original—seguem—is from the same root as segadors; that is, they will cut the chains as they cut the crops.

External links and references

  • Generalitat de Catalunya: The National Anthem (official page in English, with lyrics translation, music sheet and official version recordings in mp3 and oog formats)
  • History of the anthem
  • Link to the mp3 recording of Els Segadors
  • Link to the midi version of the song

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Els Segadors (114 words)
"Els Segadors" (The Reapers) is the anthem of Catalonia.
The modern lyrics are by Emili Guanyavents and were written in 1899; the music was by Francesc Alió and was written in 1892, based on an old popular song.
The Catalan government made "Els Segadors" its national anthem in 1993.
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