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SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 6 (Royal Artillery Band, Brion)

Composer(s):Sousa, John Philip
Artist(s) Brion, Keith, Conductor • Royal Artillery Band
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.559132
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

John Philip Sousa, known affectionately as “The March King”, personified turn-of-the-century America, the comparative innocence and brash energy of a still new nation. His ever-touring band represented America across the globe and brought music to hundreds of American towns. This Naxos series of recordings aims to record Sousa’s complete works for wind band, including the 136 marches and numerous other scores. This sixth disc in the series includes The Golden Star, a funeral march dedicated to Mrs Theodore Roosevelt ‘in memory of the brave who gave their lives that liberty shall not perish’, The Federal, composed for Sousa’s 1911 world tour, and The Gladiator, which



Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2007

We have reached the sixth volume in Sousa's music for wind band, and certainly the most attractive in content and performance. Born in Washington DC in 1854, his father - who was a trombonist with the United States Marine Band - quickly realised that his son, John Philip, had inherited his musical attributes. The speed of his development found him conducting a small group of professional musicians at the age of eleven, the group developing into a popular dance orchestra. From the age of 12 his studies were to be with famous classically trained musicians as a violin and composition student. He played in theatres, and at the age of 21 joined the orchestra at the 1876 Centennial Exposition where he played under the guest conductor, Jacques



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