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John Philip Sousa The Life and Acheivements of The American March King. Annalice Rich Salt Lake Community College Music 1010. John Philip Sousa Musical beginnings. John Philip Sousa b orn November 6th 1854. Music an important part of his Childhood .

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john philip sousa the life and acheivements of the american march king

John Philip SousaThe Life and Acheivements of The American March King


Salt Lake CommunityCollege

Music 1010

john philip sousa musical beginnings
John Philip Sousa Musical beginnings
  • John Philip Sousa bornNovember 6th 1854.
  • Music an important part of his


  • Parents : John Antonio Sousa & Marie Elizabeth Trinkaus.

sousa the gifted child
Sousa the giftedchild
  • At the age of 11-
  • Performingwithadults
  • Lead his first small band of adults
  • Studiedwith George Felix Benkert
  • Performedwith Washington Orchestral Union as first violin.
sousa journey to adulthood
Sousa Journey to Adulthood
  • At ages 13-20 enlisted and played in U.S. Marine Band.
  • Becameinvolved in Ford’sTheatre and The Vaundervill
  • At the age of 18 published ‘Moonlight on the Potomac.’

sousa s history with broadway and his wife
Sousa’shistorywith Broadway and hiswife
  • Spends time assistingwith music for operetta Katherine.
  • Assistswith Broadway show Pinafore.
  • Meets Jane Van Middlesworth Bellis.
  • Jane and John married on December 30, 1879.

john philip sousa director of us marine band
John Philip Sousa Director of US Marine Band
  • One monthaftermarriage, becomesdirector of US Marine Band.
  • Played for PresidentCleveland’swedding.
  • Wrote ‘The Gladiator’ and ‘Semper Fidelis.’
  • Beganrecording and sellingmilitary band pieces.

sousa s love of theatre
Sousa’s love of theatre
  • Duringmilitarydutycomposed 15 operettas.
  • His music wassuccessful, but helacked the ability to write lyrics.

sousa s passing and commemorations
Sousa’s Passing and Commemorations
  • At the age of 77,John Philip Sousa passes away March 6th, 1932.
  • Commemoration’s of his life include: Hollywood Star, Hall of Fame for Great Americans, John Philip Sousa Award.

composition history stars and stripes forever

Composition History, ‘Stars and StripesForever. ’

1896 Sousa’sfriend passes awaywhile Sousa was on vacation.

The march ‘Stars and StripesForever’ wasborn as a result.

1987 thismarchbecame official march of the USA.

listening guide stars and stripes forever
Listening guide‘Stars and Stripes Forever’

  • 0:00 Introduction: Begins leading into the first verse.
  • 0:09 First verse:. The piece seems to be very staccato, with only a few slurs.
  • 0:17 Within the first verse: there seems to be a sort of call and response
  • 0:24 First verse is repeated
  • 0:39 Second verse begins
listening guide stars and stripes forever continued
Listening guide ‘Stars and StripesForever’ (continued)
  • 1:11 Chorus: carried by the woodwinds with somewhat of a narrow range. The chorus is then repeated again.
  • 1:41 Bridge: The brass section come in strong with forte
  • 2:05 Chorus: Woodwinds performing the chorus with the piccolo as the fugue
  • 2:35-3:36 Coda that includes the “Bridge” section as well as the second chorus section found at 2:05.
composition history of the libery bell
Composition History of ‘The Libery Bell’
  • 1893 marchwritten to commemorate Liberty Bell.
  • Inspired by exposition and separate parade Sousa’s son participated in.
  • Commonlyperformed at inaugurations.
  • GainedpopularityfromTV’sMontyPython’sFlyingCircus.

listening guide the liberty bell
Listening guide‘The Liberty Bell’

  • 0:00 Intro: Duple meter that leads into the first verse.
  • 0:04 First Verse: The main theme is carried by the woodwinds specifically the flutes and piccolo. Brass section keep a tempo with quarter notes
  • 0:35 Second Verse: This verse is somewhat similar to the intro. The theme is carried by both woodwinds and brass.
listening guide the liberty bell continued
Listening guide ‘The Liberty Bell’ (continued)
  • 1:08 Chorus: The percussion carries the beat with a gallop-like beat that includes the offbeat.
  • 1:40 Bridge: The brass section comes in with a strong fortissimo with the beat that builds the theme that has been become a varied beat .
  • 2:00 Intro to coda: Ensemble crescendos ascending half notes that lead into the coda.
  • 2:03 Coda: The theme is returned to the Chorus
  • 3:33 Ends
composition history the washington post

Composition History, ‘The Washington Post. ’

1889 March waswritten.

Claim thatmarchwaswritten for the news paper ‘Washington post.’

Others claim itwasdedicated to the nation’s capital.

One of the mostrecognized Sousa pieces.

listening guide the washington post
Listening guide‘The Washington Post’

  • 0:00 Intro: The ensemble charges in with notes changing between only about three-four different notes.
  • 0:08 First Verse: The notes ascend on the scale. With changing dynamics.
  • 0:39 Second Verse: The second theme of the march begins The beat patterns are followed throughout the verse. And then repeated.
listening guide the washington post continued
Listening guide ‘The Washington Post’ (continued)
  • 1:10 Chorus: The woodwind section carry the main theme.
  • 1:46 Build to Coda: An increasing scale that crescendos, builds up the Coda.
  • 1:50 Coda: The march then codas back to the Chorus found at 1:10, that then crescendo to a fortissimo until the end of the march
  • 2:33 End
composition history of semper fidelis
Composition History of ‘Semper Fidelis’
  • Semper Fidelisis Latin for ‘AlwaysFaithful’
  • Written in 1888 recognized as march of US Marine Corps.
  • Originally for President Chester Arthur as a march for the president.

listening guide semper fidelis
Listening guide‘Semper Fidelis’
  • 0:00 Intro: The ensemble plays with the woodwinds as the dominant sound. The percussion keeping the marching rhythm.
  • 0:11 First verse: Brass section playing scale like fashion while the woodwinds section carry a similar tune.
  • 0:43 Chorus: The woodwinds once again carry the main theme, all the while the percussion follow a constant march.
listening guide semper fidelis continued
Listening guide ‘Semper Fidelis’ (continued)
  • 1:14 Snare Drum Solo: consists of Military style rolls.
  • 1:22 Second Verse: The brass take control over the verse, with some running triplet scales.
  • 2:10 Chorus Reprise: A theme similar to the chorus begins.
  • 2:41 Coda: Coda back to the very
  • 3:23 End

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