A popular Latvian choral song „Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” composed by Mārtiņš Brauns has been chosen as the hymn for Catalonian independence. Previously recorded by the choir “Cor Jove de l’Orfeo Catala” with a lyric by the famous Catalonian poet Marti i Pola (“Ara és l’hora”), the song has now claimed as an anthem to symbolize Catalonian identity.
The song will be performed during the demonstration in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia on September 11. Millions of Catalonians will participate by composing a symbol of victory – capital letter V – in the streets of the city. September 11 commemorates the defeat of Catalonia on 1714 and is marked as a National Day of Catalonia.
“This is a happening in my life that will doubtfully ever occur again,” said the composer of the song Mārtiņš Brauns, feeling honored that ”Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” will have a status of Catalonian hymn. Brauns said that the song evokes “folkloristic, primeval” emotions, which the Catalonians “evidently picked up on.” He opined that with this song, Catalonians “desire to express their identity that they are missing.”