Composer: John Stafford Smith Arr. P.E. Key: C-major Meter: 3/4 Level: Early intermediate Format: PDF score, two pages. Audio file rendered from notation software. Note: National Anthem of The United States of America. I have tried to make an easy piano arrangement of Star-Spangled Banner in C-major, which makes it easier to play on the piano by impossible to sing for "normal" people! A famous version of the song was played on electric guitar by Jimi Hendrix at the Woodstock music festival in 1969. My guitar hero at that time was Eric Clapton but I still remember how fascinated I was when I heard Jimi Hendrix for the first time!
More information: "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from the Defence of Fort M'Henry, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the then 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large U.S. flag, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the U.S. victory.
The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "To Anacreon in Heaven" (or "The Anacreontic Song"), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. This setting, renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", soon became a well-known U.S. patriotic song. With a range of 19 semitones, it is known for being very difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. Wikipedia