Alma mater (song)

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The alma mater is the generic title given to the official song or anthem of a school, college, or university.

The official song may be referred to as the alma mater of the school, college or university, and it may be understood by those who know, which song is referred to. It is not to be confused with a college's fight song, which is usually much more upbeat and used for a college's athletics programs. An alma mater is typically slow, light in instrumentation and with lyrics that wax nostalgic about the college's setting and affirm the singer's devotion to, and fondness for, the school.

A frequently used tune for these songs is “Annie Lisle”.[1]

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  1. ^ "Cornell songs". Archived from Annie Lisle the original Check |url= scheme (help) on 2008-11-20. [dead link]