Persia

 

Now known as Iran, this was the first anthem of the country then known as Persia (the name change was requested in 1935). It, like the next anthem used by the country, glorifies the Shah (ruler) and was originally composed by French musician Jean Baptiste Lemair and was played only once during the Sultan’s visit to France. It is unclear if this anthem had lyrics or not.

Long after the Islamic Revolution, which deposed the Shahs, the anthem still remained somewhat popular with the people. In 2005, the leader of the Melal Orchestra of Iran requested of poet Bizhan Taraghghi to write words for the old anthem. The music was also rearranged by Siavah Beizai and was performed for the first time later that year. (The lyrics written were for the re-introduction of the song, and were not the original lyrics of the anthem.)

Special thanks to: Pavel Zinovatny for the music file.