Sheet music

GERMANY : Germany National Anthem
German National Anthem
National Anthem of Germany
Das Lied Der Deutschen

  • Author: August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874)
  • Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • Adopted: 1922, The third verse adopted as official words 1952
  • National Day: October 03 (1990) - Unity Day
    Formerly West Germany and East Germany (see Former National Anthem of East Germany)
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  • Further details: The music composed in 1797 by FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809) was written as the National Anthem of Austria, and it was used in that country until the beginning of World War II. On August 11 1922, it was officially adopted by Germany with the poem beginning 'Deutschland, Deutschland über alles' by AUGUST HEINRICH HOFFMANN von FALLERSLEBEN (1798-1874), and from 1933 to 1945 this was sung in conjunction with the Nazi Party song, the 'Horst-Wessel-Lied'.

    In 1952, the Federal Republic replaced the first verse of von Fallersleben's poem by the third verse.