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By Patrick Warfield

John Philip Sousa's mature occupation because the indomitable chief of the U.S. Marine Band and his personal traveling Sousa Band is celebrated, however the years major as much as his emergence as a star have escaped severe recognition. during this revealing biography, Patrick Warfield explains the making of the March King through documenting Sousa's youth and profession. overlaying the interval 1854 to 1893, this examine makes a speciality of the neighborhood and coaching that created Sousa, exploring the musical lifetime of past due nineteenth-century Washington D.C. and Philadelphia as a context for Sousa's development.
Warfield examines Sousa's wide-ranging event composing, accomplishing, and appearing within the theater, opera condominium, live performance corridor, and salons, in addition to his management of the U.S. Marine Band and the later Sousa Band, early twentieth-century America's most famed and profitable ensemble. Sousa composed not just marches in this interval but additionally parlor, minstrel, and artwork songs; parade, live performance, and medley marches; schottisches, waltzes, and polkas; and incidental track, operettas, and descriptive items. Warfield's exam of Sousa's output unearths a flexible composer a lot broader in stylistic variety than the bandmaster extraordinaire remembered because the March King. Warfield provides the tale of Sousa as a self-made company good fortune, a proficient performer and composer who deftly capitalized on his skills to create probably the most exciting, enduring figures in American music.

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