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Across the Danube

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1877 / 2015
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: United States Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts – Free.

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Cornets
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


''None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Danube River was one of the borders of the Ottoman Empire, which was regularly at war with czarist Russia. In their fourth extended war, the Russians gained one decisive victory by crossing the Danube in June and July, 1877. Sousa credits the inspiration for Across the Danube to one such victory of Christendom over the Turks, and it was probably the news of this particular battle which caught his fancy.

- Program Note from John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 32-33.
  • Perusal score
  • Sousa, J. [date of publication not identified]. Across the Danube [score]. Harry Coleman: [Philadelphia, Penn.]