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Happy Birthday to You!

(Full piece of strings version performed by ZOE Chamber Orchestra from Slovakia)

We all have birthdays. Beyond language and culture, people all sing Happy Birthday to You to celebrate one’s birthday. According to the 1998 Guinness World Records, it is the most recognized song in the English language.

It is believed that originally the tune was called Good Morning to You, it was composed by American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill in 1893. One was a kindergarten principal; another was a pianist and composer, they wanted to develop something that is easy for young children to sing. People started using lyrics of “happy birthday to you” with the tune circa. 1912, the song has gradually become one of the few habits that literally transcends borders.

Happy Birthday to You is also probably the most rearranged song in the world, these rearrangements are undoubtedly impressive demonstration of how creative people can be

Today we would like to share with you a brilliantly rearranged piece done by contemporary German composer Claus-Dieter Ludwig (1952-) The classical style piece titled Happy Birthday: A Five-course Birthday Dinner is consisted of five movements, and there are various instrumentation from orchestra to accordion. Next time when you need to impress someone on their birthdays, try this! (Sheet music available here)

The 4th Movement - Valzero vongole e vaniglia of orchestra version performed by Bavaria Radio Symphony Orchestra on the birthday of the last Maestro Marris Jansons

Text by: Ellie Pai/Licha Stelaus Productions

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