Dutch national anthem sounds strange at Olympics
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Music scholars are critical of the sound of the Dutch national anthem at the Olympic Games in London.
The Wilhelmus was sent to the organising committee ahead of the Games where it was given a new arrangement that lasts exactly 90 seconds.
When it was first played during the presentation of the gold medal to cyclist Marianne Vos, many people were surprised at how different it sounded, reports the Nederlands Dagblad.
According to scholars, the new arrangement contains fifth and eighth parallel notes which have no place in classical music. These harmonic sins, prevalent in pop music, are clearly audible in the Olympic version.
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