Samuel Francis Smith
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Brass quartet
Instrumental parts
Not available

An arrangement of America, also known as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", for Brass Quintet.

The music has been attributed to several composers, English, French, Swiss, and German. The earliest versions of the work were printed in England in 1744 with the words to "God save the King" added a year later.

The first appearence in the American Colonies was in 1761. Thereafter, several versions of lyrics were used with the melody including words honoring George Washington at his first inauguration in 1789. It's present lyrics were written in 1832 by the Reverend Samuel Francis Smith at Andover Theological Seminary.

The first American performance took place at an Independence Day celebration in Boston, on July 4th, 1832.

Besides its popularity in America, the music has became a national anthem in a number of countries.

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Note From Richard - Although I offer this work as original, it is subject to revisions of text and notation for clarity, and accuracy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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