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Topic: The United Kingdom (01/22/09)
TITLE: Aretha sings ĎBritish National Anthemí for Obama Inaugural
By Susan Meredith Beyer
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The melody for Aretha‚Äôs choice of songs actually has a long history of popularity and use by early composers including Muzio Clementi in his ‚ÄúSymphony Number 3 in B Major,‚ÄĚ Joseph Haydn's Opus 9, Bach's sixth keyboard concerto, Beethoven's Battle Symphony, and several other national anthems.
My Country ‚ÄėTis of Thee‚ÄĒwhich was no longer considered the anthem of the defeated British‚ÄĒwas sung at the inauguration of America‚Äôs first president George Washington, and served as the main patriotic song in America until late 1831 when The Star Spangled Banner became America‚Äôs official National Anthem.
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