Emblem of Freedom (arr. Schissel)

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Karl King

Karl King (arr. Loras John Schissel)

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General Info

Year: 1910 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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None discovered thus far.

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


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State Ratings

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  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Terry Austin, conductor) – 26 February 2020

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.