The Star-Spangled Banner
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You probably know about Francis Scott Key’s inspired poetry, drafted during the bombing of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, but where did the music come from? Is there a really a law that requires Americans to stand when it is played? Can it be sung in other languages? In this audio story, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (and former Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra), examines the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the countless ways it has been adapted by musicians, and the special role it played during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.