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About starspangledmusic

StarSpangledMusic.Org is a project of the not-for-profit Star Spangled Music Foundation. It is administered by Professor Mark Clague (University of Michigan) and Dr. Susan Key, a musicologist of American music who resides in California.

New Anthem Arrangement Confronts America’s 2020 Challenges

American pianist Tony Lee has created a heartfelt and personal arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the 2020 July Fourth holiday. Featuring enriched harmonies and melodic quotations of the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” as well as the spiritual … Continue reading

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An Erroneous Francis Scott Key Quote

Francis Scott Key is a complicated historical figure. As a slaveholder and a Southern attorney who often volunteered his services in representing enslaved people and free Blacks but who also fought passionately against abolitionists, Key has a troubling relationship with … Continue reading

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“Lift Every Voice and Sing”—Free Sheet Music Download

The sheet music is available in two versions for immediate free download — the Bb Major edition reflects the original key of the song, while the G-Major version is more accessible for group singing. Click to View and Download “Lift … Continue reading

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Band Music of Alton Augustus Adams Now Available

Alton Augustus Adams (1889–1987) was a pioneering performer, composer, educator, and writer who advanced the band culture of the Virgin Islands. A flutist and piccolo player, he founded the Adams Juvenile Band in 1910, teaching each of its musicians and … Continue reading

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Social Media Intern Needed

The Star-Spangled Music Foundation seeks an unpaid intern to work and learn alongside volunteer media professionals and help develop our social media presence. This opportunity could be accomplished by someone living in or near Ann Arbor, Michigan but could also … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day—What is Patriotism to You?

The sacrifice and heroism of America’s soldiers is remembered today—Memorial Day. And patriotic song, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” has and will be part of this day of somber reflection and fun-filled celebration. In fact, in many ways it is the … Continue reading

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NEW “Historical” SATB Banner Arrangement—Guest Post: Ross W. Duffin of Quire Cleveland

FREE SCORE! Click Image to download or go to our free scores page “Historical” SATB Arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” Arranged 2012 by Ross W. Duffin Note: credit “Arranged by Ross W. Duffin” and please email microloguspress@gmail.com with performance information. … Continue reading

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