The centennial of that other war and our national anthem

From last year through 2015, the United States is observing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Regular readers know that I have contributed several post here about the music of the Civil War. This year also marks the centennial of the War of 1812. That one gets lost in the shuffle. It had one important musical consequence, though: the words to our national anthem The war The War of 1812 is sort of the nineteenth-century equivalent of our wars in Korea or Vietnam. It did not end well. It created national divisions. It gave no one any particularly good … Continue reading