Song of General Kim Il-sung
|"Song of General Kim Il-sung"|
|Composer||Kim Won Gyun|
|Song of General Kim Il-sung|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Il-seong Janggunui Norae|
|McCune–Reischauer||Kim Ilsŏng Changgunŭi Norae|
"The Song of General Kim Il-sung" is a North Korean marching song composed by Kim Won-gyun in 1946. As a part of an ongoing cult of personality, the song praising Kim Il-sung, North Korea's "Eternal President", who died in 1994, is still widely played in that country.
The song, composed in 1946, is the earliest known work of art mentioning Kim Il-sung, and thus can be said to mark the beginning of his personality cult.
In the early 1980's Kim Jong-il began promoting the song and it has since replaced "Aegukka", the national anthem, as the most important song played in public gatherings in the country. North Koreans typically know the lyrics by heart.
The first two bars of the song are used as an interval signal on North Korean radio and television. According to North Korean sources, their satellites Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, launched in 1998, and Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2, supposedly launched in a test on 5 April 2009, are broadcasting this song among other data.
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- "The Song of General Kim Il-sung" (instrumental) on YouTube
- "The Song of General Kim Il-sung" (mp3) at Naenara
- Score with English lyrics at Naenara
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