John Stafford Smith

(1740—1836) musician and musical antiquary

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(b Gloucester, bapt. 30 March 1750; d London, 21 Sept. 1836). English composer and scholar. He studied with Boyce and spent most of his career at the Chapel Royal. He is remembered for his vocal music, and for writing what became the tune for the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. He is most important for his work as an editor and writer. Among his collection of manuscripts were such valuable sources as the Old Hall Manuscript and the Mulliner Book.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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