Anthem

Anthem

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 6:00pm

Pictured, "By Dawn's Early Light" (1912) by painter Edward Percy Moran. It depicts Francis Scott Key standing on boat, with right arm stretched out toward the United States flag flying over Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland.

The story behind Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. Historians and music experts discuss the Colonial-era songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem. Anthem, airing Friday, July 5, 2013 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Saturday, July 6 at 4 p.m. on WXXI Wolrd, also reveals interesting facts about Key's upbringing and religious leanings while tracing the origins of the song. During the program, the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club and St. John's College Chorus give voice to this stirring and elegant song, including a performance of its first draft. 

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