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Published on Mar 30, 2014
The original 1814 arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" published in Baltimore by Carrs Music Store (reportedly under the direction of Francis Scott Key) is based closely on the 1779 publication of "The Anacreontic Song." It is different from what Americans commonly sign today in that it is 1) primarily a solo song, 2) has a choral response that repeats the final pair of lines, 3) is at a faster tempo marked "Con Spirito," 4) has fewer dotted rhythms and a slightly different melodic contour (e.g., it lacks the opening triadic descent). Here we recreate what a performance might have sounded like in 1814, say at a Baltimore theater where the song would have been led by the main actor of the evening and the chorus echoed by the company and audience. See http://starspangledmusic.org/poets-pa... for full information about the complete project.