This beloved patriotic anthem is presented with a dignified reverence. After an opening flourish, the verse unfolds simply and then increases in harmonic activity. A triumphant, bold spirit characterizes the finale, and a return of the opening gesture ends the piece with patriotic fervor. The festival edition can be accompanied by piano or full orchestra; the original piece is a cappella.
Samuel A. Ward/arr. David Angerman & Joseph M. Martin - Shawnee Press
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