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Garcia-Castanon presents Spanish translation of American songs in Spain

Santiago Garcia-Castanon, professor of Spanish, recently traveled to Spain to present his Spanish translations of early American songs such as “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of an audience that included a delegation of United States politicians, business leaders and diplomats.

Santiago Garcia-Castanon stands with his translation of all four stanzas of the poem by Francis Scott Key that became the lyrics of the national anthem of the United States. The translation is on exhibit at the Archivo Historico in Aviles, Spain.

Santiago Garcia-Castanon stands with his translation of all four stanzas of the poem by Francis Scott Key that became the lyrics of the national anthem of the United States. The translation is on exhibit at the Archivo Historico in Aviles, Spain.

The presentation was part of his collaborative work with a research group that includes Kevin Kelly, a musicologist from the University of Georgia; Laura Nannette Mosley, an instructor of Romance languages at the University of Georgia; and Javier Menendez, a Spanish librarian specializing in old books.

The songs Garcia-Castanon translated are included in “The Yankee Songster’s Pocket Companion,” a rare volume published in 1824. Only three copies of the book are known to exist – two in university libraries in the United States and the third in a library in Spain.

One of the songs included in the volume is “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, which later became the U.S. national anthem. While the original poem by Key has four stanzas, only one is usually performed as the national anthem. Garcia-Castanon’s translation of the complete poem was well-received and garnered media attention.

Garcia-Castanon also recently published an article, “Don Quixote and the Ethics of Power,” in the Annals of the University of Craiova (Romania).

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