Since 1972, the European anthem has been an excerpt from the prelude to the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
The Council of Europe makes available to professionals and the general public recordings of different interpretations of the European Anthem. These recordings are extracts from the "Rhapsodie sur l'Hymne Européen" by the French composer Christophe Guyard. They were commissioned by the Council of Europe for use in documentaries, news and other programmes covering the Council of Europe.
The "Rhapsodie sur l'Hymne Européen", is a protected work. It is not copyright-free, since it is registered with Sacem (France). The composer is Christopher Guyard.
The Council of Europe makes recordings of various interpretations and versions of the European Anthem available to radio, television and other media and the general public. The service is free but as these different works are protected their use and/or public broadcasting is subject to the payment of performing rights to Sacem (France). For all applications, please contact: Alun.Drake@coe.int
To satisfy every European's musical taste, you will find below more adaptations of the European Anthem. All of these different versions are protected and not copyright-free.
« Rhapsodie sur l'Hymne Européen », by Christophe Guyard, performed by the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg, conducted by Roland Kluttig :
« Rhapsodie sur l'Hymne Européen », by Christophe Guyard, performed by Thierry Huillet :
- Piano, jingle (00.24)
- Piano, slow version (01.20)
- Piano, anthem and final (01.44)
- Piano, full version (06.14)
«Rhapsodie sur l'Hymne Européen » , by Christophe Guyard :
- Pipe Organ*, jingle (00.24)
- Pipe Organ*, slow version (01.18)
- Pipe Organ*, anthem et final (02.01)
- Pipe Organ*, full version (04.55)
*Pipe Organ of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Palace of Arts - Budapest, Hungary; entirely virtualised by Inspired Acoustics
Electric guitar version, by Bertrand Vigier:
Jazz violin version, by Bertrand Vigier and Pascal Beck, performed by Sophie Duranton and Pierre Lange:
Big Band version, by Pierre Lange and Bertrand Vigier, performed by Pierre Lange, Joe Krenker and Jean-Gilles Charvot:
European Hymn in Romani Variations: CD launched on the 20 November 2007
The Council of Europe is a separate organisation from the 28-member European Union. But no country has ever joined the Union without first having been a member of the Council of Europe. How many member states does the Council of Europe have?