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The Rákóczi March is the unofficial state anthem of Hungary.

Tradition states that this was the favorite march of Francois Rakoczi II but was then called Rakoczi Song, a lament of the misfortunes of the Magyars under the Hapsburgs, calling Rakoczi to save his people. This uprising was 1703-1711. The song was extremely popular in the 18th Century with over 20 versions.

It became refined by classical composers. Berlioz included it in "The Damnation of Faust" in 1846. Franz Liszt… read more

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