“The Music of a well tun’d State”: “The Star Spangled Banner” and the Development of a Federalist Musical Tradition

  title={“The Music of a well tun’d State”: “The Star Spangled Banner” and the Development of a Federalist Musical Tradition},
  author={William Coleman},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={599 - 629}
  • William Coleman
  • Published 5 February 2016
  • Political Science
  • Journal of the Early Republic
The Star Spangled Banner is typically considered in relation to the immediate story of its composition – that during the War of 1812, while in full view of battle, Francis Scott Key found the inspiration to write a truly and enduringly patriotic anthem. However, it’s less well understood that Key’s moment of patriotic inspiration occurred within a particular political context and that its composition built on a long legacy of Federalist musical thought and action. This article connects Key and… 
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