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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The past Is a foreign country. And so, of course, is Sweden.

The internet is a wonderful thing. I was typing up the programme for my orchestra for the coming season, which includes the Serenade For Strings Op. 11 by Dag Wiren. This has a marvellously earworm-ish finale, which I'm looking forward to playing:



Anyway, I was reading Dag Wiren's Wikipedia entry and discovered to my amazement that he had composed Sweden's entry for the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest:



The commentator expresses surprise that the song is in English, and indeed the song provoked a change in the rules the following year to require countries to enter songs in one of their official languages.

1965 was the year that the Eurovision Song Contest was hauled roughly into the pop era by Luxembourg's winning entry (Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son, written by Serge Gainsbourg and sung by France Gall) so probably the last year in which a song like this could have been a credible entry. It came 10th out of 18, with 6 points.

Of course, nine years later, Sweden would win the contest with a very different song.....

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