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Swiss Psalm

Swiss Psalm
Cantique suisse
Salmo svizzero
Psalm svizzer
English TitleSwiss Psalm
Alt TitleCantique suisse
Alt Title 2Salmo svizzero
Image Size250
ComposerAlberich Zwyssig
Music Date1841
AuthorLeonhard Widmer, Charles Chatelanat, Camillo Valsangiacomo and Flurin Camathias
Adopted1961 (de facto)
1981 (de jure)
SoundSwiss Psalm.ogg
Sound TitleSwiss Psalm (instrumental)

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The Swiss Psalm is the national anthem of Switzerland. It was composed in 1841, by Alberich Zwyssig (1808 � 1854). Since then, it has been frequently sung at patriotic events. The Federal Council declined however on numerous occasions to accept the psalm as the official anthem. This was because the council wanted the people to express their say on what they wanted as a national anthem. From 1961 to 1981 it provisionally replaced ("When You Call, My Country", French ; Italian , Romansh ) the anthem by Johann Rudolf Wyss (1743 � 1818) which was set to the melody of God Save the Queen. On April 1, 1981, the Swiss Psalm was declared the official Swiss national anthem.

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