Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Battle Hymn of the Republic VBR MP3 1.52 mb, Battle Hymn of the Republic OGG format 3.60 mb which is a free, open standard container format maintained by the Xiph.Org Foundation. The OGG format is unrestricted by software patents and is designed to provide for efficient streaming and manipulation of high quality digital multimedia.

Title, The battle hymn of the republic [sound recording]. Composer, William Steffe. Arranger(s), Wilhousky. Performing Ensemble, U.S. Army Band. Lyricist, Julia Ward Howe. Publisher(s), U.S. Army Band. Form, sound recording.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is an American abolitionist song, the tune was written around 1855 by William Steffe (1830-1890), the lyrics were written by Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 – October 17, 1910) in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly on 1 February 1862, that became popular during the American Civil War.

Performance Licence: U.S. Army Bands Online (ABO) is provided as a public service by the Chief of Army Bands.

Unless specified otherwise, information presented on ABO is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Composition Licence: This MP3 (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1924 are now in the public domain.

This file is also in the public domain in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris), in this case William Steffe (1830-1890) and Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 – October 17, 1910), and that most commonly runs for a period of 50 to 70 years from December 31 of that year.

Artist/Composer: U.S. Army Band
Keywords: battle hymn of the republic; Civil War; abolitionist; Julia Ward Howe
Creative Commons license: Public Domain


Phil Harris said...

I have used the recording in a video, that you uploaded to the Archive.com site, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the U.S. Army Band.


My video was flagged by Facebook and Youtube as being in violation of copyright.

I don't know where exactly the recording came from, so can you give me more information, so that I can defend my use of the recording?


Phil Harris

sookietex said...

hey phil all info is as above http://publicdomainaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2009/06/battle-hymn-of-republic.html as you see the composition is clearly PD

the Performance Licence: U.S. Army Bands Online PD statement here http://bands.army.mil/privacy.asp and is The U.S. Army Chorus from here http://www.usarmyband.com/Audio/listen.html. (maybe you could contact them directly about the recording) unfortunately they change their pages and downloads alot which is why we upload files to archives, so the original download link is no longer there.

you can see them performing here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irZmknvOB4I so you know its them.

are you sure its the audio track they're talking about.

good luck and tell me how you do if you can, you friend sookietex

Anonymous said...

Greetings. I am currently doing post audio on a student project of mine and I would really like to use this recording for the finale of the film.

I was wondering a few things:
A - Is this recording of the Battle Hymn of the Republic TRULY royalty free?
B - Is there are higher quality rip of this song available? 1.52mb for a 5 min track does seem a bit small and the recording does sound a bit muffled...

Please feel free to contact me at joeydietrich@hotmail.com.

sookietex said...

1. as far as i know all the above information regarding this recording is accurate.

2. i don't see this version in any higher quality, i did post a different version (vocal) that is higher quality here http://publicdomainaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2012/02/battle-hymn-of-republic-vocal.html

good luck joey and thanks for stopping by

A Mindful Webworker said...

Thanks for this music. I used it in a montage of images and videos from the 2013 October 13 Million Veterans March.
A whopping ten minutes, to the end of the post-credits bit.
Link on my website is

YouTube says the music is copyright, so they put an ad on it. I have contested this, referencing this page. It was not my choice and the ads are inappropriate for the material.

The images that day as they came in were moving, and I tried to reflect that in my editing, but it really came together with this music. I have had YouTube mark things as copyright before which were not, and they corrected it. I hope this will be the case here as well.

A Mindful Webworker said...

Following up on my earlier comment, YouTube dropped the ads, apparently acknowledging the cut they identified was not the Battle Hymn from here on PDAV.

sookietex said...

Glad to hear that A Mindful Webworker :)

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