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Whose Anthem Is It?

Posted at 8:17 AM on August 22, 2008 by Rex Levang

It turns out that Ward Jacobson isn't the only one wondering about the arrangements of the Star-spangled Banner and other national anthems that are being performed in Beijing.

A spokesman in Beijing says that they're the work of Chinese arrangers. A Western musician, Peter Breiner, says he's "100% positive" that the arrangements are his work, being used without acknowledgment.

The Washington Post reports on the fracas here.