Category Archives: Poets & Patriots

SSB Celebration Week Resource Pack

RESOURCE PACKET for Star Spangled Banner Birthday Celebration Week by: Susan Ferguson Scroll through this pack to see suggested activities for each day of the week. Booklist FRANCIS SCOTT KEY’S STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, Monica Kulling THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER in TRANSLATION, Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Spangled Mythconception #7: An Official Version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” Exists

MYTH #7: There is a sanctioned traditional or otherwise official version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” CORRECTION: The 1931 act making Key’s song America’s anthem does not identify an official arrangement, in part because the song as sung in the 20th-c. … Continue reading

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Spangled Mythconception #4: Key’s Banner is Based on a Bawdy Old English Drinking Song

MYTH #4: Key’s Banner is based on the melody of a bawdy old English drinking song CORRECTION: “The Anacreontic Song” was the constitutional anthem of an elite, London-based, amateur music society… but it gets complicated. Francis Scott Key would have … Continue reading

Posted in Drinking Song?, History, Jacob Wright, Jerry Blackstone, Justin Berkowitz, Mark Clague, Mythconceptions, Poets & Patriots, SSB Videos, The Anthem, Voice | 3 Comments

Dudley Buck’s Festival Overture on the American National Air

In 1879, one of America’s leading American composers—Dudley Buck (a name often neglected today)—wrote a Festival Overture to celebrate Independence Day. The seven-minute piece for full orchestra (with optional chorus) was based on the melody of “The Star-Spangled Banner” or … Continue reading

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Poets & Patriots Live! Now on Youtube

Our Poets & Patriots Live! recording release recital is now archived and available on our starspangledmusic Youtube channel. This lecture recital offers an artistic journey through the history of the United States national anthem from its roots in an English … Continue reading

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Happy Presidents’ Day—Poets & Patriots Live at 8pm EST

UPDATE: the entire Poets & Patriots Live recital is now available on Youtube — click here! To celebrate “George Washington’s Birthday” (aka. Presidents’ Day), the University of Michigan’s American Music Institute with the Star Spangled Music Foundation presents Poets & … Continue reading

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