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"Battle Hymn Of The Republic" was originally composed by W. Steffe (now in Public Domain), and was sung by troops on both sides in the U.S. Civil struggle of the 1860s (much like what occurred with "Lily Marlene" among the British and German troups during World War II). The melody lends itself readily to the utilization of various harmonic progressions and stylistic interpretations.
September 29, 2000
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