Music history: Revolutionary Anthems

The years of popular uprisings and revolutions are one of the important themes of the history of the 20th century. These events had a huge impact on the development of countries, their economies and policies. Intensive changes also affected the culture. For musical art, troubling times were marked by the creation of appropriate music, including revolutionary hymns. They encouraged people to fight, some of them became national anthems of countries.

This music can be used in history lessons, exhibitions or memorial events dedicated to the revolutionary movement in the history of the 20th century. Also the use of revolutionary hymns can be a good solution for the soundtrack of your documentary. Here are the most famous of them.


International is known as the world proletarian anthem, the anthem of the Communist parties, the socialists and anarchists. Lyrics was written in 1871 by the French poet Eugene Pottier, music – Pierre Degeyter in 1888. From 1922 to 1943 it was the anthem of the USSR, from 1943 to 1991 – of the CPSU.


The Marseillaise was written in 1792 by C.J. Rouget de Lille during the Great French Revolution. It embodies the struggle against tyranny and the pursuit of freedom and is the song of the revolutionaries of the whole world. Also, Marseillaise is the national anthem of France.

Warszawianka 1905

The prototype of the music Warszawianka 1905 became “March Zouaves” (author unknown) – well-known song of the Polish uprising of 1863. Mass distribution received during the revolution of 1905 in Poland and Russia. Melody “Warszawianka 1905” is used as the anthem of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalists.

All of the listed tracks are included in the Revolution Pack. Buying all three tracks will allow you to save your money unlike buying them separately.

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