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#2065918 - 04/17/13 08:58 AM Can you play your own national anthem?  
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I play once in a while for my local government. I received a phone call today where they're in a bind and need someone to play their national anthem for an awards ceremony. I agreed to play and am doing them a favor - this is a freebie.

It's a matter of me playing two choruses while the mayor of my village performs. To his credit he has an excellent voice and is a nice guy.

I remember once back probably more than 40 years ago in the US where I was in the audience and some poor kid who really didn't know our anthem really butchered it.

It's really in your best interest to be able to play your own national anthem ... and play it with great confidence.

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#2065935 - 04/17/13 09:56 AM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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#2065940 - 04/17/13 10:04 AM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Highly recommended:

http://www.amazon.com/National-Anth...=1-1&keywords=piano+national+anthems

Tom Lehrer's natural son, John Forster, wrote a hysterically funny song about how to compose a national anthem for a newly-established country. I wish it were on YouTube...


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#2065944 - 04/17/13 10:14 AM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Originally Posted by Dave Horne
I play once in a while for my local government. I received a phone call today where they're in a bind and need someone to play their national anthem for an awards ceremony. I agreed to play and am doing them a favor - this is a freebie.

It's a matter of me playing two choruses while the mayor of my village performs. To his credit he has an excellent voice and is a nice guy.

I remember once back probably more than 40 years ago in the US where I was in the audience and some poor kid who really didn't know our anthem really butchered it.

It's really in your best interest to be able to play your own national anthem ... and play it with great confidence.

Just passin' this on.

Reminds me of my own college graduation requirements back in the 1960's in the US. Every senior music major had to demonstrate "minimum" proficiency on the piano - which included the ability to play a simple arrangement of the national anthem in the key of B flat by memory. It was a struggle for many. smile


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#2065991 - 04/17/13 12:16 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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My teacher made me memorize O Canada as well as God Save the Queen at a very young age, and I've never forgotten them. I think I was only called upon to play them once or twice though.

I think O Canada is significantly easier than the Star-Spangled Banner.

#2066000 - 04/17/13 12:48 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Does the Star Spangled Banner section of Gottschalk's Union count?

#2066005 - 04/17/13 12:56 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Yes!

A nice intermediate arrangement is in this book:


http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/The-Spirit-of-America/4100695


(I also play a great Hatikva!)





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#2066020 - 04/17/13 01:33 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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I can, but I refuse. Our national anthem is horrible. grin


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#2066044 - 04/17/13 02:15 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: LadyChen]  
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Originally Posted by LadyChen
My teacher made me memorize O Canada as well as God Save the Queen at a very young age, and I've never forgotten them. I think I was only called upon to play them once or twice though.

I think O Canada is significantly easier than the Star-Spangled Banner.


And at the same time so much prettier.

I think the US was standing in the bad pizza line when all the good national anthems were distributed.


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#2066052 - 04/17/13 02:40 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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I absolutely love the US national anthem. I'm not speaking patriotically-- I'm speaking musically. I love its use of arpeggio (like the Appassionata!), the melodic climax half-way through ("rocket's red glare"), the harmonic buildup under "O say does that star spangled banner" signifying the beginning of the ending.

I think it's a great, daring, bold composition.

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#2066062 - 04/17/13 03:21 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
Originally Posted by LadyChen
My teacher made me memorize O Canada as well as God Save the Queen at a very young age, and I've never forgotten them. I think I was only called upon to play them once or twice though.

I think O Canada is significantly easier than the Star-Spangled Banner.


And at the same time so much prettier.

I think the US was standing in the bad pizza line when all the good national anthems were distributed.

I agree. I think the US should have changed it to "America the Beautiful" (there are a number of contenders, but I like that one). I'll play Sousa's "Stars and Stripes" before I go near the National Anthem...


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#2066075 - 04/17/13 04:00 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Yes I can! Name a key.

#2066080 - 04/17/13 04:05 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Nope, but then people in the UK don't really care much about the national anthem these days. It doesn't help that it's musically speaking one of the dullest.

#2066110 - 04/17/13 05:01 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Yes I can! Name a key.


Francis Scott?


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#2066111 - 04/17/13 05:01 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: debrucey]  
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It doesn't help that it's musically speaking one of the dullest.
But Beethoven wrote a nifty set of variations on it.


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Yes, I learned it - notes only - by ear. I don't know the words at all!

#2066126 - 04/17/13 05:19 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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An old friend of mine, Joe DeMers, would play a shortened version of The Star Spangled Banner when time was of the essence ...

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That would always make me laugh.




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#2066197 - 04/17/13 07:26 PM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Yes, I can, and in both languages, too! smile

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Yes I can! Name a key.


Francis Scott?



Good one!


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Yes I can! Name a key.


Francis Scott?



Good one!


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Darn it -- not really. grin
I wasn't sure, so I sat down and tried it. I could play it, but with a few mistakes.
And I discovered something: I'm fine with knowing what's the harmony, but where I have trouble is being sure what note to put on top -- i.e. what's the melody note.
Which is not too bad if you're accompanying -- it works fine. But if you're just playing it solo, it sounds completely incompetent. ha

I tried the Canadian and Israeli anthems too. Same thing. smile
But I was especially glad that I was able to get the 'deceptive cadence' III chord where I wanted near the end of the Canadian. cool
I die when I hear a version that does just a "I" there.

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I stumbled across the Star Spangled Banner one night on the black keys. Does that count?


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I love the old USSR anthem, so I'd like to play that, if I can. Never mind that I'm Greek.

But I can play the Greek one too... :P

#2066449 - 04/18/13 09:15 AM Re: Can you play your own national anthem? [Re: Dave Horne]  
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Nope, but I can sing it, and The Lord's Prayer, which seems to be another hard one for folks to sing.

Oh, wait....wrong forum. blush


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One of the proudest days of his life was when he became an American citizen. That is why I play Rachmaninoff's transcription of the Star Spangled Banner in B Flat Major.

It is only two pages, and takes about a day to learn. I highly recommend it.

You can even fool people at parties by announcing that you are going to play some Rachmaninoff. Somebody usually groans, and then you whip out the Star Spangled Banner, and it really shuts them up, quick.

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The musical "problem" with the "Star Spangled Banner" as a sung anthem is its range. No matter what key it is played it, its one and a half octave range puts it too high for some, too low for others, and is, therefore, not an ideal anthem to be sung by the masses.

I, personally, like both the music and the lyrics of "America, the Beautiful" much better. Those lyrics do portray a "gentler, kinder" message, do they not?

And, while on the topic, I think it is nothing short of a disgrace - may I even venture to suggest "anti-patriotic"? - to hear what some singers do to national anthems in large, public celebrations. This observation is not limited to performances of just the American anthem.

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Originally Posted by BruceD
The musical "problem" with the "Star Spangled Banner" as a sung anthem is its range. No matter what key it is played it, its one and a half octave range puts it too high for some, too low for others, and is, therefore, not an ideal anthem to be sung by the masses.

I, personally, like both the music and the lyrics of "America, the Beautiful" much better. Those lyrics do portray a "gentler, kinder" message, do they not?

And, while on the topic, I think it is nothing short of a disgrace - may I even venture to suggest "anti-patriotic"? - to hear what some singers do to national anthems in large, public celebrations. This observation is not limited to performances of just the American anthem.

Regards,


Agree that the Star-Spangled Banner causes problems for a lot of singers, which is an issue.

While I don't like it musically as well as some other national anthems, I DO like the lyrics more than the music. Especially the particularly unsingable turn:

"...And the rockets' red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there."

That is, if not Shakespearean, at least Churchillian.


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