Sunday, July 07, 2013

The National Anthem on the Austin Organ at First Baptist, Washington DC

After the communion service at the First Baptist Church of Washington DC July 7. Organist Lawrence Schreiber played the National Anthem on the new Austin Organ. I recorded the last "sentence" of the first verse. 

I’ve always felt that the “Star Spangled Banner” can use more adventurous, chromatic harmonies.  For example, in the last line, the word “Free” should be underscored by a Dominant Seventh instead of the Tonic.

The Smithsonian Museum of American History, visited and discussed yesterday, has a special exhibit on the Flag as during the War or 1812 and the origin of the National Anthem.



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