Re: National Anthem
Charles Cartledge (clc-ent@INFI.NET)
Sat, 12 Feb 1994 13:59:05 -0500
Penned by Lew Bowling:
> The tune for The Star Spangled Banner came from an old English drinking song,
> To Anacreon in Heaven. This was the constitutional song of the Anacreontic
> Society, a club formed in London in the second half of the 18th century. It
> was a social club and featured regular meetings for supper at the Crown and
> Anchor Tavern in the Strand with musical entertainment. This included choral
> singing, always opened with the club song. The song was written some time
> between 1771 and 17760, words by the president, Ralph Tomlinson, and music
> by another member, John Stafford Smith. It was first published in sheet
> music by Longman and Broderip, London, some time between 1780 and 1783.
> Anacreontic societies in imitation of the original were formed in America,
> and the tune was used for dozens of patriotic poems between 1797 and 1814
> (when Francis Scott Key wrote his version). And now you know the rest of
> the story!
> from: Joseph Muller, The Star Spangled Banner: Words and Music Issued between
> 1814-1864. New York: Da Capo, 1973.
> Lew Bowling, ASM
> Troop 21, Lexington, KY
I had a hard time finding information about what an "Anacreontic" was
and so, thought that the following might be of interest.
Relative to the origin of our National Anthem.
From Webster's Third International Dictionary, copyright 1976 by G & C
anacreontic 1:a poem in imitation of or in the manner of Anacreon : a
drinking song or in light lyric; 2: in Greek prosody : a verse having
a cadence analyzed as two ionics a minore with anaclasis and
supplement or as iambic dimeter catalectic with anapestic opening
anacreontic [... Anacreon ab488B.C., Greek poet noted for his gay
songs of love and drinking ...] 1a: of or relating to Anacreon b:
like the poetry of Anacreon is structure, style, or theme 2: relating
to the praise of love and wine:gay, convivial, or amatory in tone or
theme <Adrian waxed now and then Anacreontic is his compliments -
Troop 481, PAVAB District, Tidewater Council, Tidewater VA, USA
ASM, former SM
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