Free Sheet Music for the World Cup Finals – France vs. Croatia

Announcing free sheet music for the World Cup finals

To celebrate the World Cup finals, we have some sheet music and background info about the French and Croatian national anthems for you.

The ‘World Cup finals’ sheet music

Download the sheet music here: Soccer Sheet Music. (The download is a zip file containing two FORTE files.)

Note: this sheet music was originally optimized for FORTE 9 but will also work with more recent versions of FORTE notation software.

If you don’t own a license for FORTE, you can download the trial version here.

The background information

The music that became the anthems for the two nations couldn’t be more different:

French national anthem: The Marseillaise has been used since the 18th century, and the text and music is by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

Croatian national anthem: The background of the Croatian anthem is not completely clear, but the music is attributed to Josip Runjanin. The anthem has been officially used since 1972.

But it’s way more exciting to compare the lyrics:

Our beautiful homeland,
O so fearless and gracious.
Our fathers’ ancient glory,
May you be happy forever.Dear, you are our only glory,
Dear, you are our only one,
Dear, we love your plains,
Dear, we love your mountains.
Arise, children of the Fatherland, The day of glory has arrived!
Against us, tyranny’s Bloody standard is raised,
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They’re coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Lest an impure blood water our furrows!

Enjoy watching the exciting final, and as always – happy scoring to you!

2 replies
  1. Donald Novak
    Donald Novak says:

    Thank you for the music. I am an American by birth and fond of France, but I think that both music and lyrics of the Marseillaise and the U.S. National anthem are probably the worst I’ve heard. They are both unsingable; but worse, they celebrate bloody events rather than the good of their country. The U.S. anthem celebrates a battle in the most ridiculous of our several needless wars.


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