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SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 7 (Royal Artillery Band, Brion)

Composer(s):Sousa, John Philip
Artist(s) Brion, Keith, Conductor • Hinton, Martin, cornet • Royal Artillery Band
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.559247
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


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 seventh disc in the series features the grand Presidential Polonaise, the Intaglio Waltzes (modelled on Johann Strauss’s famous examples), and the triumphant Golden Jubilee March in which Sousa imagined “the world passing in review”.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2008

Around the turn-of-the-century John Philip Sousa placed America’s military band music on the world map, though it was a career that he never intended. Born in Washington DC in 1854, his father, a trombonist with the United States Marine Band, realised his son’s musical potential, and mapped out his future as a classically trained violinist and composer. But things were to change at the age of 25 when, rather surprisingly for his young years, he received the appointment of Director of the United States Marine Band. It was to engender the composition of a series of marches and other music for wind band that is now recorded for the first time in its entirety. The present disc containing the charming Intaglio Waltzes, inspired by Sousa’s



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