Friday, August 17, 2012


From the pages of the excellent Archival Moments Blog comes a reminder of the 30th anniversary of the Ode to Newfoundland as the official anthem of our great province:

"On August 17, 1979, Royal Assent was given to legislation adopting the Ode to Newfoundland as the official provincial anthem of the province of Newfoundland.
The  song  the “Newfoundland”  now known as the “Ode To Newfoundland” was sung for the very first time on January 21, 1902 at the Casino Theatre in St. John’s.  The local St. John’s newspaper, The Daily News, reported that  the new song was greeted enthusiastically.
The newspaper article reads:
 “Miss Frances Daisy Foster rendered with exquisite feeling a new song entitled “Newfoundland.” It proved a pleasant surprise and the general appreciation of it was marked by the audience joining spontaneously in the chorus.”
The “Ode to Newfoundland” was composed by Governor, Sir Cavendish Boyle, the original score was set to the music of E.R. Krippner, a German bandmaster living in St. John’s but Boyle desired a more dignified score. It was then set to the music of British composer Sir Hubert Parry, a personal friend of Boyle, who composed two settings.
By 1904 it was firmly established as the unofficial anthem of the Dominion of Newfoundland so much so that in the 1909 General Election, Robert Bond proposed that if elected he would make it the official anthem of the country."
Read the rest of the article here: