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Old 04-27-2009, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Tyburn
Yes it was played like a processional. He has artistic liscence because its an improvization. He's not actually playing The Star Spangled Banner...he's incorperating its motif into a magnificent work of art. Its kinda like what you'd expect to be playing on the Organ of Saint Paul's Cathedral as the Procession leads out after the Thanksgiving day service for the American Community in London. They parade down the nave with cant do that to a love song without making it a march in exactly the same way you would make The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Now I've heard that one sung like a love song, and its repulsive...its like a durge, and makes the singer sound drunk, if its not performed as a proper regimental march.
I think this is why I wasn't overly thrilled. I hate it when people try to take "artistic license" with the Banner. It's not supposed to be improvised or embellished. it's not about the performer & their capabilities. The point is to draw attention to the words and (more importantly) to the nation. Whenever a singer starts throwing in arpegios & vibrado & stuff, it always tends to piss me off.

Originally Posted by Tyburn
I guess, I just thought you'd like it because of what its based on
It's because I love the piece so much that I dislike the amendments. The organist is very skilled & I would normally have been impressed, but I personally don't like people messing with the Star Spangled Banner.
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