Finding the Sound of Hanyang
The school anthem: its history, meaning, and philosophy
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You hear this song as you walk up the stairs in Hanyang Campus at 9:00 in the morning. You can also hear it on official occasions, as well as the last song performed by the Hanyang orchestra on every stage. Can you guess what it is? It is the sound of Hanyang University’s official school anthem.
The school anthem was composed by Dr. Paiknam Kim Lyun-joon, the founder of Hanyang University. Kim, along with being a successful educator and entrepreneur, was also a talented musician both as a baritone singer and a composer. Kim composed numerous vocal pieces throughout his lifetime, of which the Elegy and I Will Live Among the Green Mountains are most widely-known. His achievements were acknowledged with the Grand Prize in composition for world musicians in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the University of Tübingen.
The school anthem is sung in unison on official occasions of Hanyang University and affiliated schools of the Hanyang Foundation. The song is composed of two verses and a chorus, although the attendees usually only sing the first verse. The lyrics talk about the need to practice Love in Deed and Truth, the founding philosophy of the university.
Unfortunately, most of the original materials related to the school anthem have been lost, including the original score of the anthem. However, Hanyang University Archives explains that past yearbooks provide some clues to its history. They have discovered that the first mention of the anthem appears in the initial issue of the Hanyang News in 1959 as well as in the yearbook published the same year. The yearbook of 1967 is the first publication of the complete lyrics of the song. There was a small variation in the lyrics around 1982 as the word "clean (닦아서)" was changed to "sharpen (깎아서)."
The school anthem is a song that connotes Hanyang’s past, present, and future. As long as the story of Hanyang continues, the school anthem will remain and convey the spirit of the school.
Oh Kyu-jin email@example.com
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