Key, Francis Scott Francis Scott Key writes a poem on September 14, 1814 that is eventually adapted to music and becomes America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," in 1931. The poem, originally titled "The Defense of Fort M'Henry," was written after Key watched the British bombardment of the Maryland fort during the War of 1812. He based its melody on a popular British song, "To Anacreon in Heaven."
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Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on September 14, 1814, after watching the enormous nighttime British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812.... The song is now our national anthem.
Key was a lawyer living in Baltimore who had no interest in military affairs. But he happened to be in town when news of the battle reached him. Impressed by the courage of his city's defenders, he wrote a poem about it.
It took him only three hours to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," but it has been said that it could have been even better if he had not spent so much time describing the bloodshed and suffering he saw around him. Still, the little ditty became famous over time through popular songs based on it (one written by Stephen Foster), a symphony, and even a Gershwin opera. It's also the official anthems of Canada and the United States.
"'The Star-Spangled Banner' is one of the most popular patriotic songs in America. It has been recorded by many singers including John Philip Sousa, Louis Armstrong, and Judy Garland. It has also been used as an exit song by athletes at major events including the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
In 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" (later renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner"), which was eventually put to the melody of Stafford Smith's "Anacreon." In 1931, the United States Congress declared this song to be the national anthem of the United States.
Key had only a vague idea where he got the words from. He may have taken them from a copy of Anacreon that his wife had brought back from one of her many trips to Baltimore. The real author is now believed to be John Wallach who lived in Baltimore and wrote the poem during the time of the War of 1812. Wallach's daughter later claimed she had written the poem but it is not clear if she meant before or after her father died.
Originally, "Star-Spangled Banner" was to have been titled "My Country 'Tis of Thee." But when Key submitted his poem to a newspaper for publication, it was rejected as being inappropriate for publication during wartime. So he changed the title to match the first line of the poem ("Oh! Say Can You See").
Key was a lawyer living in Baltimore at the time of the war. He volunteered for a shipboard posting as a clerk on a vessel flying the flag of the British Empire. This ship made a stop at the small town of Baltimore where the crew spent their time drinking and gambling.
After being delighted that the United States had escaped British assault, Francis Scott Key penned the "Star-Spangled Banner" as a joyful poem. Since then, it has grown into the United States' national anthem, and it is played at official ceremonies, schools, and athletic events. The song is based on a military air that was popular among British soldiers in America during the War of 1812.
Key wrote the poem after watching a battle between American and British troops from his house's balcony in Baltimore. He based its melody on a local marching song that had been used by officers to call their men to action during the war.
The poem was first published in 1814 in the New York Evening Post. It quickly became popular throughout America because many people knew the song well from its previous use by troops stationed here. Today, it is often sung by groups of civilians when the United States takes part in international events such as the Olympics or World Cup soccer tournament.
The poem was officially adopted as our national anthem in 1931. Before then, there was no single song that could be played at ceremonial events. When Key died in 1843, he was buried with this poem written on a card attached to a stick of bamboo next to him.
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