Invictus (King)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King

General Info

Year: 1921 / 1956
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.

Instrumentation (probably incomplete)

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It has been said that what John Philip Sousa did for the patriotic march, Karl King did for the circus march. King’s most famous composition is now universally known as the circus theme, Barnum and Bailey's Favorite. King composed over 150 marches and “screamers,” a specific type of march composed during a sixty-year period between 1895 and 1955 designed to work the audience at a circus performance up in to a frenzy. Invictus means unconquerable in Latin, which is a fitting name for this march, with its fast pace and escalating harmonic tension. It starts in a minor key and the trio section features familiar circus sounds, making this march a true “screamer.”

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 16 June 2022

Dedicated: "To Merle Evans, Bandmaster Ringling - B. & B. Circus."

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 16 June 2022
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Jackson (Miss.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Lowell Hollinger, conductor) – 28 February 2017
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 23 November 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K. (1956). Invictus [score]. K.L. King Music House: Fort Dodge, Iowa.