This ballad commemorates the victory of King William III in the Williamite war in Ireland in 1690–1691. It is popular amongst Ulster loyalists and many unionists in Northern Ireland, as well as in parts of Scotland, where it can often be heard sung at football games by supporters of Rangers F.C. and in England, albeit as a variant called “The Scarf”.
The lyrics are thought to be around 100 years old, and the melody has been traced back to the early 19th century. The earliest known printing of the tune is from 1876. It was well known around Europe, and before the lyrics were added, it was a love song that lamented division between people.
The tune is also used by Liverpool F.C. fans in their song “Poor Scouser Tommy”.
This Allegro in G major is the second movement of the fifth sonata from Belgian Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's second book of Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, first published in London in 1720.
This song was considered, with several others, one of the unofficial national anthems of the United States until 1931, when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially named the national anthem. Columbia is a poetic name for the United States in use during the 18th century.
The anthem was composed by violinist Philip Phile in 1789 for the first inauguration of George Washington, titled “The President's March”, arranged with lyrics by Joseph Hopkinson in 1798. It was used in the United States as a de-facto national anthem for most of the 19th century, but lost popularity after World War I.
It is now the entrance march, or the official song, for the Vice President of the United States in a similar fashion as “Hail to the Chief” is for the President. In addition, the song has been used as a slow march during military ceremonies, often while the band counter-marches.
This Largo in G major opens the fifth of Belgian Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's second book of Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, first published in London in 1720.