Please stand

National anthems reflect all the complexities – and oddities – of the countries they represent

Singing the French national anthem at a demonstration at the Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1959. © Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

About the author Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford is an award-winning composer, writer and broadcaster. His books include The Sound of Pictures: Listening to the Movies from Hitchcock to High Fidelity, In Defence of Classical Music and Earth Dances.