"Deşteaptă-te, române" (About this sound listen (help·info); variously translated as "Awaken thee, Romanian!", "Awaken, Romanian!", or "Wake Up, Romanian!") is Romania's national anthem. The lyrics were composed by Andrei Mureşanu (1816-1863) and the music was popular (it was chosen for the poem by Gheorghe Ucenescu, as most sources say). It was written and published during the 1848 revolution, initially with the name "Un răsunet" ("An echo"). It was first sung in late June in the same year in the city of Braşov, on the streets of Şchei quarter. It was immediately accepted as the revolutionary anthem and renamed "Deşteaptă-te, române". Since then, this song, which contains a message of liberty and patriotism, has been sung during all major Romanian conflicts, including during the 1989 anti-Communist revolution. After that revolution, it became the national anthem, replacing the communist-era national anthem "Trei culori" ("Three colors"). July 29 is now "National Anthem Day" (Ziua Imnului naţional), an annual observance in Romania. The first country to adopt this song as a national anthem was the Moldavian Democratic Republic, during its brief existence, between 1917 and 1918. This song was also the national anthem of Moldova for a few years, but was replaced in 1994 by the current Moldovan anthem, "Limba noastră" ("Our language"). English Translation: Wake up, romanian from the sleep of death, you've been sunken in by the barbarian tyrants! Now or never, it's time to sew yourself a destiny, all your enemies should adore! Now or never, we have to demonstrate the world that in our hands still flows romanian blood and we keep proudly one name in our breats, the glorious name of Traian! Marvellous shadows, Mihai, Stefan, Corvine, look at your successors - the romanian nation! With armed arms, with your fire in their veins, they all shout: "Living in freedom, or death!". Priests with the crucifix on their foreheads a christian army, the motto is freedom and it's aim is sacred. We rather fall in fight, with unflawed glory than beeing slaves again on our own ancient place.