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Standard of St George, The

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Kenneth J. Alford

Kenneth J Alford

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General Info

Year: 1930
Duration: 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harold Gore Publishing/Penders Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00  |  Score Only - $7.00    

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Alford used fragments of familiar tunes in his last five marches (from 1929) as well as in The Vanished Army, published in 1918. In The Standard of St. George the nostalgic final line of the melody from Home, Sweet Home (written in 1823) may be hear dint he second strain. Composed in 1930, this march remains very popular.

The story of St. George, patron saint of England since the time of Edward III, is based partly on the historical account of an early Christian by that name who suffered martyrdom in Lydda, Palestine, about 300 A.D.; and partly on the legend which began in the sixth century concerning the saint who slew the dragon (the devil) and became a Christian minister – he also died a martyr. The first flag of England was a red cross on a white field. The standard supposedly originated when St. George dipped his lance in the dragon's blood and drew a cross on a white shield.

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV


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  • North Carolina Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities Wind Ensemble – 22 October 2019

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