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Anthem

The Star-Spangled Banner is an awkward, unsubtle piece of music, but in the hands of great musicians it can be quite effective. Why is the American national anthem the way it is? How did it come to be both a spectacle of the mediocre and the sublime?

History of the Star-Spangled Banner, and it’s origin in the Anacreontic Song
http://musicologynow.ams-net.org/2014/01/to-be-or-not-is-star-spangled-banner.html

Boston Globe article that more directly tells the story of Stravinsky’s Star Spangled Banner
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/06/30/stravinsky/rfnaZtqjCQXZAobdv7kVkI/amp.html

MA Law (still on the books) banning people from embellishing the national anthem
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter264/Section9

Article on the controversy around Peter Breiner’s arrangement
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33967-2004Aug25.html

Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner (condemnation of America)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKAwPA14Ni4

Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner (celebration of America)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lCmBvYMRs

Pete Seeger’s Star Spangled Banner (celebration of America, with tweaks)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3gcGJhfYFE&list=PLZxSSLX6InCS0hy7w1Fz-HvO213OHaiSq

Peter Breiner’s Star Spangled Banner (celebration of America, with tweaks)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL0x8819RjE

Stravinsky’s Star Spangled Banner (celebration of America, with tweaks)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdDwbTIp2bY

Renee Flemming’s Star Spangled Banner (high note on the second apex)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GLKxDWw4bs

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