Monday, October 25, 2010

Star Spangled Banner in Salem

Francis Scott Key
Did you know… that the Moravian Music Foundation in Salem is home to one of nine surviving copies of the first printing of the Star Spangled Banner? How do they know it is the first printing? The indicator is in the title, “The Star Spangled Banner – A Pariotic Song”. Patriotic was misspelled in the first printing and was corrected in later issues. The song was included in a 19th century book of piano exercises. Four verses were included with the music, as well as a part for flute. This goes to show that the Moravian Music Foundation is a repository for things not only of importance to Moravians, but also of importance to all Americans.

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