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