Tune of the Day: Himno Nacional Mexicano
Unofficially, this anthem is sometimes called “Mexicanos, al grito de guerra” (Spanish for “Mexicans, at the cry of war”), which is also the first line of its chorus. The lyrics, which allude to Mexican victories in the heat of battle and cries of defending the homeland, were composed by poet Francisco González Bocanegra in 1853. Catalan composer Jaime Nunó, who had been invited to Mexico the same year by President Santa Anna to lead the Mexican military bands, composed the music which now accompanies González's poem. In 1854 Nunó submitted his composition, originally titled “Dios y libertad” (“God and Freedom”), to the national contest to find music for the poem, and his entry was chosen as the winner.
Thanks to Jeff for suggesting this piece!