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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Oh say can you see?

That the cooked-up 'controversy' over a Spanish-language version of 'The Star Spangled Banner' ['Nuestro Himno'] is even more of a load of crap than this magpie had thought?

While Dubya has moaned about how the national anthem should only be sung in English [go here, scroll down about half-way], it turns out that 'Nuestro Himno' is far from the only Spanish version of 'The Star Spangled Banner.' In fact, this US State Departement webpage lists three of them. Which brings us to the image below:


Sheet music for 'La Bandera de Estrellas'


That images shows the front page of sheet music for the first version of 'La Bandera de Estrellas' listed by the State Department — one written in 1919 by Francis Haffkine Snow. If you go over to this page at the Library of Congress, you'll find that this version was commissioned by the US Office of Education and, as the image makes obvious, the feds sent the song off to New York for publication as sheet music by G. Schirmer. I don't know exactly why this version was commissioned — my guess is that it was to be used in schools in the Southwest and in the recently acquired colony of Puerto Rico.

One thing I am sure of, though: The hypocrisy of Dubya and others who are trying to make an issue out of 'Nuestro Himno' is appalling. But then, whipping up xenophobia and paranoia is the usual GOP tactic for winning elections, so I'm really not surprised that the Republicans are trying to run with such a non-issue.

You can view images of the sheet music for 'La Bandera de Estrellas' here.

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