This isn’t the primary time a brand new interpretation has heralded a brand new president. Beyonce used an identical association at Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration. (Whitney Houston additionally launched a stemwinding 4/4 model on the 1991 Tremendous Bowl.)
It’s not a small change, and in contrast to the overdone melisma that many singers apply to the music, it’s not unwelcome.
Three-quarter time is for waltzes. Nearly all the pieces else we take heed to is performed in a meter that may be divided by two. That’s why our nationwide anthem, an outdated ingesting music that ends in a query, is an uncommon piece of music.
In contrast to the Spanish, German, Russian and French nationwide anthems, you may’t march to it. You just about have to face nonetheless and sing. (Until you are feeling like dancing.)
Anybody who has ever performed in a avenue band is aware of the way to flip the Star Spangled Banner right into a 4/4 tune in order that the trumpet part doesn’t journey and fall.
Is 4/4 a more sensible choice for a music that represents an entire nation? Actually the stomping 4/4 of the Marseillaise (see “Casablanca”) rouses the center.
It additionally celebrates watering your fields with the blood of tyrants.
Our anthem (disregarding the latter verses), is much less gory, and whether or not you are feeling like marching or waltzing, I feel it’s versatile sufficient to accommodate each rhythms. What I like most approximately it’s that it’s not a music approximately fight, however a music approximately perseverance.
Does the Star Spangled Banner nonetheless wave? So long as we will reply within the affirmative, then we’re nonetheless right here.
And we’re nonetheless right here.