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In 1940 Stravinsky was arrested in Boston for re-harmonizing the Star Spangled Banner.

January 4, 2011
There was a law that had to do with the “tampering of public property”. Totally ridiculous. This isn’t my favorite reharm of the anthem, this is. But jeez don’t arrest the guy. He meant this to be a gift to the American people. Stravinsky would later become a naturalized citizen of the U.S.

The Star – Spangled Banner by Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky  
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The Star Spangled Banner.mp3 (3348 KB)

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