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Emblem of Freedom

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Karl King

Karl King (arr. Andrew Glover)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2003
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block


1st Cornet/Trumpet (Part only) - m. 46 is missing. Just play m. 45 twice

Program Notes

Emblem of Freedom, composed in 1910, was one of King's early marches, but it reveals considerable maturity for a young man of 19. The work opens with a fanfare passage by the cornets and gathers momentum all the way to the trio where things calm down somewhat. At the interlude King has no mercy of the lower brass -- if he could play the chromatic runs on his instrument, so could anyone else. The march is dedicated to his friend Robert D. Hamilton.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Karl King was widely quoted as saying that Emblem of Freedom is the best march he ever wrote.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandra) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 17 January 2020
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 28 April 2019
  • Karl K. King Municipal Band (Ft. Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold P. Jimmerson, conductor) - 1 July 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Glover, A. (2003). Emblem of Freedom: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 344.