Boosey & Hawkes

Of Thee I Sing (America)

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David L. Brunner
Few songs in the rich heritage of American patriotic music are as widely known and sung in America. Here, the words of Samuel Francis Smith are set to a new melody that is sturdy yet lyrical, fresh yet familiar. Interspersed throughout are instrumental flourishes [in the piano] that lend strength and fanfare. The final verse gives way to the traditional tune, but in duple time and with a new harmonization. (3:20)