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Mad Major, The

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Kenneth J. Alford

Kenneth J Alford (arr. Frederick Fennell)

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General Info

Year: 1921 / 1983
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - £53.99  |  Score Only - $6.95    


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Program Notes

The Mad Major was Alford's first post-war march, written and published in 1921. Like Colonel Bogey, with which the series began, it is cast in a “double” three-part form, the first of which allows the tune of the A part to serve, conveniently, as counterpoint to B.

- Program Note from publisher

Ricketts [Alford's real name] wrote the Mad Major march in 1921 while he was bandmaster of the Second Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The title refers to Major Graham Seton-Hutchinson, whose exploits with the Machine Gun Corps during World War 1 earned him the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross as well as the sobriquet “The Mad Major.”

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

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  • Cary (N.C.) Town Band (Stuart Holoman, conductor) – 27 February 2017
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 6 December 2015
  • West Ouachita High School (West Monroe, La.) Wind Ensemble - 7 March 2013
  • Arts Academy Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 2 March 1974

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