This summer I had a chance to visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Fort McHenry is a national historic site and is famous for being the birthplace of our national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." Francis Scott Key wrote the song's lyrics as a poem during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.
I had been to the fort many years ago and it's a great place to visit and only a few hours away. They have added a wonderful movie presentation that I highly recommend. It's free! I also recommend going into the fort itself and that costs $7.00. A park ranger is there to explain all kinds of facts about the fort and the writing of the banner. After the video is over a curtain opens and you look out onto the fort and the Star Spangled Banner waving over it! (See the picture I took!) A reproduction of Key's original writing is displayed. I thought it was interesting because you see his actual handwriting and there are very few corrections! He just wrote it right out apparently! Amazing!
If you are watching the Summer Olympic Games from London, England, then you have heard them playing the event winner's National Anthem, representing the country that has won a medal. I noticed that the United State's anthem sounded different than I was used to hearing it. That is because it is! All of the anthems being used are new recordings that were made from new arrangements written by British composer Philip Sheppard and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. There are 205 anthems in all! The reason that these were made into new arrangements has to do with copyright. We will talk about copyright in general music and technology classes in the fall. Here is a link to a BBC news article with a great recorded interview with Sheppard. It's interesting to hear him speak about the process and also talk about the anthems of various countries. Be listening for them as you watch the games this summer! And be sure to visit my Star Spangled Banner page on this website.
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