Alto part from The Star Spangled Banner (SMITH), National Anthem of the United States of America, for mixed women’s voices (SSA), a cappella, arr. by Pamela Webb Tubbs

National Anthem of the United States of America

John Stafford Smith (arr. by Pamela Webb Tubbs)
1 minute
Classical music
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"The Star Spangled Banner" tune began life as "To Anacreon in Heaven," theme song of the London Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen’s club of amateur musicians. (Anacreon was a 6th century B.C. Greek poet whose verses often celebrated women, wine and entertainment.) John Stafford Smith composed the tune in the mid-1760’s, while still a teenager. The bawdy lyrics of "To Anacreon in Heaven" were replaced by patriotic lyrics in the U.S., originally by Robert Treat Paine, Jr., ("Adams and Liberty"), and later by Francis Scott Key.

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