More precisely the Poco Adagio, Cantabile part. Later he re-used the same motiv in his Streichquartett N°77 in C-Dur Hob. III: 77 (op. 76 N°3) - "Kaiser Quartett". Ode to Franz II, Kaiser of the Holy Roman Empire, later of Austria. First performance: February 12, 1797, the Emperor's birthday. Lyrics: Lorenz Leopold Haschka. Written while Austria was threatened by France and also as a jealous reaction upon British anthem God Save The King. According to Haydn's valet, this was the last piece the maestro played on piano before he died.
August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben [lyrics Das Lied der Deutschen; in combination with Haydn's melody this became the anthem of the Weimar Republic in 1922 and the West German national anthem since the Olympic Games of 1952; during Hitler the first two stanzas were used, since 1952 only the third one ("Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit…")]
Emile Berliner [to demonstrate his disc invention; Berliner was from Hanover, Germany]
Odeon Orchester [with Friedrich Kark]
Stan Kenton [on his national anthems lp]
Jonathan King [as Theme From The 1972 Munich Olympics, with an instrumental version on the B-side played backwards; silently shelved following the terrorist action against the Israeli delegation]
Nico [as Das Lied der Deutschen]
Dead Kennedys [inspiration for California Über Alles]
Laibach [as Germania]
Unknown to Hitler, the melody had Croatian roots: Stal Se Jesem from the Medjimurje region.