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Il Canto degli Italiani

Fratelli d'Italia

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The Italian national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, is often popularly referred to as Inno di Mameli (Mameli's Hymn, after its writer) or Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy, after its opening lines).

The words were written in 1847 in Genoa by Goffredo Mameli, a 20-year-old student, in support of Italian unity and independence.They were set to music in Turin later that year by Michele Novaro.

The music is notable for employing a change of key late in the anthem, a rarely-used compositional device that it shares with the South African anthem.

Lyrics:

Italian:

Fratelli d’Italia, l’Italia s’è desta,
dell’elmo di Scipio s’è cinta la testa.
Dov’è la Vittoria? Le porga la chioma,
ché schiava di Roma Iddio la creò.

Chorus:

Stringiamci a coorte, siam pronti alla morte.
Siam pronti alla morte, l’Italia chiamò.
Stringiamci a coorte, siam pronti alla morte.
Siam pronti alla morte, l’Italia chiamò, sì!

English:

Brothers of Italy, Italy has woken,
Bound Scipio’s helmet, Upon her head.
Where is Victory? Let her bow down,
For God created her, Slave of Rome.

Chorus:

Let us join in a cohort, We are ready to die.
We are ready to die, Italy has called.
Let us join in a cohort, We are ready to die.
We are ready to die, Italy has called, yes!

Details:

Composer:
Michele Novaro
Lyricist:
Goffredo Mameli
Date:
Written: 1847; Adopted: 1946
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