To perform each of the songs included on the Poets & Patriots recording, Prof. Mark Clague and producer Andrew Kuster edited and typeset each song in a fresh edition that paired the complete lyric with an historically appropriate musical arrangement. This required a few minor corrections to the music plus deft realization of the text to match melody to verse. Click here for contents listing.
The result is The Star Spangled Songbook, a spiral-bound sheet music edition of some sixty different patriotic songs and Anacreontic parodies in all-new musical notation suitable for performance. We’ve realized the sheet music complete and in full and have also found practical ways to minimize errors in performance by realizing abbreviations and writing out tricky repeats in full. The music can be used in American music concerts or to showcase the history of Key’s anthem in celebration of its 200th anniversary.
These scores can be copied and shared with students at no additional charge and individual sheet music downloads are available for free on our editions page. (The one exception being the Stravinsky arrangement, which is under license and cannot be further reproduced. Although there is no performance fee needed for this version as Stravinsky gave that right to all Americans without charge.)
Click here to pre-order your copy of the book for $30 + $5 shipping (due September 15, 2014) or get the recordings here.
Please also consider a donation to the non-profit 501(c)(3) Star Spangled Music Foundation to support this work.