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MUSA 21—John Philip Sousa: Six Marches

Edited by Patrick Warfield

The marches of John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) remain staples of the band repertoire, but our knowledge of Sousa’s music rests largely on modern editions designed for school (rather than professional) bands, or on reprintings of the original editions, which because of their small size and rushed publication contain countless inconsistencies and omissions. This volume contains full band scores for six Sousa marches, each prepared from the first printing of the band parts and informed by Sousa’s holograph and the original performance materials. The six marches—The Washington Post (1889), The Liberty Bell (1893), El Capitan (1896), The Stars and Stripes Forever (1896), Sabre and Spurs (1918), and George Washington Bicentennial (1930)—span Sousa’s career, from his tenure as leader of the United States Marine Band (1880-92) to his years conducting his own, commercial ensemble (1892-1932). Also included in the volume is an essay reexamining Sousa’s biography, source materials, performance practice, and place in American culture.

Contents

The Washington Post
The Liberty Bell
El Capitan
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Sabre and Spurs
George Washington Bicentennial

Reviews

Judkins, Jennifer. Review of Six Marches, by John Philip Sousa. Edited by Patrick Warfield. Notes 68, no. 1 (2011): 174-176.


Kreitner, Kenneth, and Mona Kreitner. Review of Six Marches, by John Philip Sousa. Edited by Patrick Warfield. Journal of the Society for American Music 7, no. 3 (2013): 329-335.