Tag Archives: patriotic

Battle Hymn of the Republic

TITLE: Battle Hymn of the Republic AUTHOR: Words: Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body” CATEGORY: Public Domain, Author Known KEYWORDS: religious, patriotic, war EARLIEST DATE: 1861 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The words to this piece were written by Julia Ward Howe in November 1861 after Howe watched a parade of Union troops. I went to read more »

You’re a Grand Old Flag

TITLE: You’re a Grand Old Flag AUTHOR: George M. Cohan CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Patriotic, Flag EARLIEST DATE: February 6, 1906 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The song was introduced to the public in the play’s [George Washington, Jr.] first act on opening night, February 6, 1906, in New York’s Herald Square Theater. “You’re a Grand Old Flag” was read more »

America (My Country Tis of Thee)

TITLE: America (My Country Tis of Thee) AUTHOR: Samuel Francis Smith CATEGORY: public domain, author known KEYWORDS: patriotic, America, religious, derivative EARLIEST DATE: 1831 (first recorded performance, though Smith later thought he wrote it in 1832, when it was first published) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: According to Spaeth (A History of Popular Music in America, p. 69), S. F. Smith discovered the tune of read more »

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

TITLE: Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean AUTHOR: David T. Shaw/Thomas a’Beckett/Stephen Joseph Meany CATEGORY: Disputed, Public Domain KEYWORDS: patriotic EARLIEST DATE: Written in 1843, sheet music published in 1844 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: First Recording:  Columbia, the gem of the ocean, Harry Macdonough 1905-06-01 “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” received an American copyright in 1843 and is credited to read more »

America the Beautiful

TITLE: America, the Beautiful AUTHOR: Words: Katherine Lee Bates/Music: Samuel A. Ward CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain KEYWORDS: America, patriotic, religious, nonballad EARLIEST DATE: 1895 (“Congregationalist”) Katherine Lee Bates (1859-1929) in 1893 was a professor of English heading for Colorado. She made several stops along the way: first at Niagara Falls, then at the World read more »