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Crimson Petal, The

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Fred Jewell

Fred Jewell

General Info

Year: 1901
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.95

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute and C Piccolo
Oboe or C Clarinet
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Soprano Cornet
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Tenor Horn I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Famous band director Fred A. Jewell (1875-1936) wrote this enduring 1901 "Vales caprice" soon before he left his position as band director of the Gentry Brothers Dog and Pony Show in Bloomington, Indiana. The waltz, later arranged for solo piano, is one of Jewell's longer works. It was used as the theme music for Lillian Leitzel's starring aerial act for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1920s under the baton of long-time band director Merle Evans.

After Leitzel fell to her death in 1931, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey no longer performed the piece, but other shows used The Crimson Petal as a repertory standard for trapeze, high-wire and aerial acts for many years after. There is an evocative rising sensation in the baritone part, which perfectly matched the aerialist's ascent up the rope ladder.

- Program Note from Circus Songs

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Jewell, F. (1901). The Crimson Petal [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Studwell, W., et al. (1999). "Circus Songs: An Annotated Anthology." New York: The Haworth Press, pp. 9.