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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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You May Have Been Illegally Singing the National Anthem Your Whole Life

…if you live in Michigan. Though it’s an obscure law, in 1931, Michigan passed three criminal codes governing performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Proper performance is defined as follows: How played—The national hymn or anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”, shall … Continue reading

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Star Spangled Songbook Hardback Edition Published

We’ve created a new hardback edition of our Star Spangled Songbook specifically for libraries and collectors. Click here to order ($35). The book contains 73-sheet music editions of historic arrangements of “The Star-Spangled Banner” plus its musical antecedents and parodies. … Continue reading

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Concert Variations on the Star Spangled Banner for Organ

In 1861 American composer and organist, John Knowles Paine (1839–1906) composed the Concert Variations on “The Star Spangled Banner,” Op. 3, No. 2. It is paired as Opus 3 with a set of “Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn” (Op. … Continue reading

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