Spain's National Anthem
The national anthem of Spain is called “Marcha Real,” or “Royal March.” What is different about this national song is that it is one of just four in the world that does not have official lyrics. It is also one of the oldest national anthems in the world, dating back to the 18th century.
The music for Spain’s national anthem was originally written by Manuel de Espinosa de los Monteros in 1761. It was thought by many that Frederick II of Prussia wrote the song. However, this has since been found to be a myth. There have been multiple versions of lyrics written to accompany the melody throughout the years. The lyrics written by the poet Jose Maria Peman in 1928 have been used frequently. The song features three arrangements – one for military band, one for organ, and one for orchestra. There are six official adaptations of the national anthem which vary by length and arrangement. Competitions to find official lyrics have been launched, but the choices have been criticized and Spain’s nation anthem remains just a melody.