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'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,

27 Feb 16 - 10:43 AM (#3775327)
Subject: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
From: GUEST,mayomick

Is it only me who hears similarities in the airs used for the two patriotic songs?
According to wiki, the Star-Spangled Banner tune was based on John Stafford Smith's air for "The Anacreontic Song ", the official song of the Anacreontic Society ( an 18th-century gentlemen's club of amateur musicians named after the 6 century BC Greek court poet Anacreon).

The Anacreontic Song's tune was later used by writers as a setting for patriotic lyrics. The song became popular in Britain and also America following the establishment of several Anacreontic Societies there.

28 Feb 16 - 09:30 AM (#3775517)
Subject: RE: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
From: leeneia

I just refreshed my memory on both tunes, and I don't hear any similarity, Mick. Sorry

28 Feb 16 - 12:41 PM (#3775552)
Subject: RE: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
From: Western Trails

I do not hear any similarities either.

28 Feb 16 - 03:35 PM (#3775584)
Subject: RE: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
From: Doug Chadwick

'Star-Spangled Banner' is in 3/4 time. 'Rule Britannia' is in 4/4 time. They are both patriotic songs - beyond that, I don't see or hear any link.


03 Mar 16 - 10:26 AM (#3776483)
Subject: RE: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
From: GUEST,Doris Day

They are both obviously tunes that were written before the words so there are similarities in the dynamics - short words are elongated and long words sometimes staccatoed

Both very difficult to sing

I had number one hits in Norway with both

03 Mar 16 - 01:25 PM (#3776527)
Subject: RE: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
From: GUEST,Allan Conn

I always thought that the poem "Rule Britannia" was written first then it was put to music by Arne!

06 Mar 16 - 09:47 AM (#3776982)
Subject: RE: 'Star-Spangled Banner' /Rule Britannia ,
From: GUEST,Arne

It was but I stole/adapted a folk tune - us composers are gits too