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SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 9 (Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Brion)

Composer(s):Sousa, John Philip
Artist(s) Brion, Keith, Conductor • Royal Norwegian Navy BandOving, Sarah, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.559396
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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John Philip Sousa personified the comparative innocence and brash energy of America around the turn of the 20th Century. The Charlatan was second only to El Capitan in popularity, while the U.S. Field Artillery March is the official march of the United States Army. A number of the other marches on this album were drawn from Sousa’s musicals, quote from other popular musicals or include various national anthems. ‘Keith Brion, one of the foremost authorities on the music of Sousa, has been building an extensive library of Sousa’s music for Naxos since 1998…Sousa-lovers will want the whole series.’ (Fanfare)


Review By,July 2011

Naxos’ Sousa series is already a must-have for those who enjoy the music of the March King. And while Sousa’s works are in many ways quintessentially American, the ninth volume of the series has a distinctly Norwegian touch, being played not by the Royal Artillery Band (which Keith Brion led in the first eight volumes) but by Kongelige Norske Marines Musikkorps, the Royal Norwegian Navy Band. And a top-notch band this turns out to be, with a very strong military orientation among its 29 members and a long history of excellence in performance (the band was founded in 1820). Certainly Sousa did not write only military music, but when he did—as in the U.S. Field Artillery March (1917), heard on this recording—he offered bands a real chance at



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