Barnum and Bailey's Fractured Favorite

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Karl King

Karl King (arr. Thomas Leslie)

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General Info

Year: 1913 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Soprano Saxophone/E-flat Alto Saxophone
Alternate Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When conducting circus bands, Karl King would frequently edit his marches so they could be used for contrasting acts. In that same spirit, this familiar march has been creatively repurposed to suit an imaginary clown act. Complete with novelty percussion sounds and a few surprises sprinkled in, it's a bit outrageous, but definitely fun!

- Program Note from publisher

Karl King wrote the original Barnum & Bailey's Favorite for the 32-piece Barnum and Bailey Circus Band in 1913 at the request of its director, the noted minstrel show cornetist, Ned Brill. King was 22 at the time and was preparing to join the band as a euphonium player. The euphonium part in this march (and in most of his other marches) shows his love for that instrument -- he liked to hear the countermelody part "romping around." His use of the word "favorite" in the title was a good choice. In a 1980 international Music survey, Barnum and Bailey's Favorite ranked fourth in the top 140 marches.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric Bush, conductor) - 19 February 2022
  • Palmer Ridge High School (Monument, Colo.) Wind Ensemble – December 2019
  • University of Northwestern – St. Paul (Roseville, Minn.) (John S. Herlihy, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • Concordia University (River Forest, Ill.) University Band (Richard R. Fischer, conductor) – 8 November 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Coast Guards (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1942/2009)

All Wind Works


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 344.