Friday, September 13, 2013
Anacreon! Whiskey! Sexy!
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The first time I ever heard the late-18th-century version of To Anacreon in Heaven was actually in its guise as The Star-Spangled Banner, the version played hourly in the Smithsonian Museum of American History (?) in front of the very flag that inspired Key's text, when I saw that flag for the first time. (People of limited means from the West and Southwest don't tend to manage visits to DC early in their lives, and I was 40 before I was able to make such a trip on my own coin.) The oddity to the modern ear is the Anacreon setting, rather than the 19th-century harmonization most common today (at sporting events, etc.) with its more aggressively chromatic usages... the Anacreon song sounds positively simple to the ear by comparison.
Posted by: Steve Bates | Sep 14, 2013 7:35:20 PM