In its June 2014 issue, the Smithsonian Magazine is highlighting artistic interpretations of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” from visual and graphic art, poetry to music. Included in the collection is Rachel Grimes, who composed this arrangement of our National Anthem, shifting it’s bright, major-key melody to a more contemplative, minor key.
Arrangements of The Star-Spangled Banner are common – most every version sung at a sporting event is an arrangement (sometimes to its detriment). Igor Stravinsky arranged our national hymn for a Boston performance, where the police misunderstood a law prohibiting the tampering with The Star-Spangled Banner. Stravinsky, who became a US citizen the following year, withdrew it from the performance (the score and parts were confiscated, but Stravinsky was not arrested).
Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock performance ranks as one of the more memorable.
And you can join this national sing-a-long on June 14th at 4pm.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on June 13
This week you’ll have two opportunities to hear Rachel Grimes play. The first is on Thursday at the Green Building (Doors open at 7pm. Limited tickets available at Guestroom Records), where she’ll play with saxophonist Jacob Duncan and cellist Helen Money, and share the bill with another Louisvillian Cheyenne Mize, and with vocalist Susanna.
For the second concert, you have to drive to Knoxville, Tennessee for the 2014 Big Ears Festival. There she’ll reprise her performance with Duncan and Money, and be part of a lineup that includes Steve Reich, So Percussion, Jonny Greenwood (composer of scores to There Will Be Blood) and more.
(Photo above by William van der Voort from her De NWE Vorst concert)
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on March 24
The final film in a series featuring the music of Rachel Grimes takes us back to Kurtis Hough’s work.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on September 25
The second installment of films featuring the music of Rachel Grimes comes in this charming home movie, Our Day (1938) chronicling the life of a Lebanon, Kentucky family. The film with music was first presented with music as part of Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on September 24
Watch this space all week for films that have either used Rachel Grimes music or in which she has provided the score. We’ll start with Bed of Moss by Kurtis Hough.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on September 23