Opening of Euro 2020 – when the national anthem resounds in the larynx

The image of the Azzzuri boys singing the national anthem before their matches has long been considered something quite impressive for many people. The main impression is in their charisma, in the way they express themselves.
Many pictures of Italian teams, from the U21 team, the women’s team to the national men’s team, hands on hearts, people close their eyes, people raise their heads to the sky, scowling while singing heroic songs when The music playing on the stadium’s speakers was really powerful.
What made them burn themselves out in such songs?
I once asked this to an Italian friend, and the answer was simple: “The Italian national anthem is a battle song, a war song with verses that evoke national pride and calling for sacrifice to the last drop of blood of the soldiers”.
And he added that, not only Italian athletes when representing their country in the arenas, in blue outfits, Italian citizens singing the national anthem too because when singing, they felt “blood rushing through their veins, hearts pounding, and a surge of emotion.”
The song is called “The Song of the Italians”, with the lyrics of the patriotic student Goffredo Mameli and the music of Michele Novaro born in late 1847, when the spirit of unity of the Italian people was boiling, and the song was played when armies went to battle against the Austrians in the war of 1848 and in the years that followed, during the Italian unification movement called “Risorgimento” (Revolt), until the country was successfully completed. unification in 1870, when armies captured Rome.
When Italy became a republic after a referendum in 1946, “The Song of the Italians” was the national anthem of modern Italy.
The lyrics of Mameli, who did not live to see Italy unify, because he died at the age of 22, just two years after composing the song, are simple, condensed into short sentences, but urge a powerfully, with sentences that evoke the pride of a land that once had the invincible years of Roman times, such as “O Italians/Italy awakens/ Put on Sciopio’s hat (name of a famous 2nd century BC Roman general who defeated the mighty Hannibal of that period – AN)/ Where was the victory?”.
And then there are other verses that speak of the condition of Italians under domination and division: “For centuries/ We were oppressed and ridiculed/ Because we are not a people/ Because we We are divided.” And then the song is towards “The moment has come / Let us unite”. The chorus is flamboyant and speaks of sacrifice for the Fatherland: “We are ready to die/ We are ready to die/ Italy has called”.

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