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Contest to Scrap 'Too Solemn' Swiss Anthem Gets 200 Entries

More than 200 budding Swiss songwriters have entered a public competition to come up with a new, more rousing national anthem, according to organisers who want to ditch a traditional work many view as far too solemn. The contest, organized by the Swiss Society for Public Good, aims to replace The Swiss Psalm, composed by Alberich Zwyssig, a Swiss monk, in 1841, which critics say is too hymn-like and at odds with modern-day Switzerland. Some point to the anthem's recent outing at...

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