WAGGGS World Song
Introduction to this version, ©2012 Jane Darby, Australia, of the WAGGGS WORLD SONG
THE WORLD SONG of WAGGGS; World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts
Now lower, simpler & in 3 languages – written and recorded!
The WAGGGS World Song, a Symbol of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, highlights the principles and spirit of the WAGGGS Movement.
HISTORY: In 1950, delegates to the 13th WAGGGS World Conference, held in Oxford, UK, voted that Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), noted Finnish composer, be asked to adapt his ‘Scout Marsch (De danske Spejderes Marsch) Opus 91b’, (c) 1918, to create a WAGGGS World Song.
Sibelius wrote his Opus 91b in 1918– time of great unrest due to World War I. (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQRNkVlHHL0) His music for piano and voice was for 3 verses of words supplied by countryman, Jalmari Finne. Later, he named it “Scout Marsch” for one of Finland’s oldest Scout companies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwErQ4n4LQ0), and made a version for orchestra & 4-part mixed choir, ©1921.
For the WAGGGS WORLD SONG version, 3 decades later, Sibelius devised soprano & alto voice parts and piano accompaniment. New words were also sought. Thus, it was published as the WAGGGS World Song, ©1952, with 2 verses of new words in English by Gavin Ewart, and French by Francine Cockenpot – using similar ideals, but not a direct translation. Later, a Spanish word version was also created by WAGGGS HQ, further reflecting the world-nature of the WAGGGS movement.
NOW: As a Guide, I felt that the WAGGGS World Song was not easy or accessible for ordinary singers – particularly youngsters – that there must be a better way to learn it! So with permission from WAGGGS, the copyright holders and APRA, I have made a new arrangement ©2012 . . .
- LOWER; was in F, now in C – lower is easier to sing and play
- SIMPLIFIED; just melody, guitar chords and piano accompaniment … shown and recorded to see and hear
- VARIATIONS; Words – 3 languages, Music – melody & accompaniments, piano & guitar … written and recorded!
- AVAILABLE; on INTERNET Girl Guides Australia website – girlguides.org.au – go to international tab, then ‘WORLD SONG’