Vatican: Pontifical Anthem is 60 Years Old

Source: FSSPX News

The Pontifical March composed by French musician Charles Gounod in 1869, was proclaimed pontifical anthem of the Vatican State by decision of Pius XII (1939-1958) on October 16, 1949. The composer, a pious Caholic, had dedicated the work to one of his predecessors, Pius IX (1846-1878). Shortly before the Jubilee Year 1950, the new anthem had replaced the Triumphal March by Viktorin Hallmayer (1831-1872) composed in 1857?
In 1949, Italian verses were given to Charles Gounod’s music by the organist of St. Peter’s Basilica, at the time Antonio Allegra (1905-1969). Canon Raffaello had translated them into Latin. The first performance of the anthem with the Latin verses took place at the Vatican on October 1993, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the election of John-Paul  II (1978-2005) and of the 100th anniversary of the death of Charles Gounod.
When the sovereign pontiff goes abroad, he is traditionally greeted by the pontifical anthem followed by the national anthem of the visited country as he comes out of the plane. (DICI n° 205 - 11/19/2009 – Sources: Imedia)
Listen to the Pontifical March:

[mp3_embed blog_plyrs="4" playlst="/sites/sspx/files/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/hymnevatican.mp3" colors="#900345" id="1"]