Standard of St George, The
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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
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
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
- Audio CD: The Music of Kenneth Alford. The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines (J.R. Mason, conductor)
- Kansas: IV
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- North Carolina Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities Wind Ensemble – 22 October 2019
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Army of the Nile (1941)
- By Land and Sea (1941)
- Cavalry of the Clouds (1923)
- Colonel Bogey (1914)
- Colonel Bogey (ed. Fennell) (1914/1982)
- Colonel Bogey on Parade (1934)
- Dunedin (1928)
- Eagle Squadron (1942)
- Eagle Squadron (arr. Rogers) (1942/2016)
- Great Little Army, The (1916)
- HM Jollies (1929)
- Holyrood (1912)
- Lightning Switch Fantasia, The (1924)
- The Mad Major (ed. Fennell) (1921/1983)
- Middy, The (arr. Gore) (1917)
- Musical Switch, A (1921)
- Old Panama (1929)
- On the Quarter Deck (1917)
- Standard of St George, The (1930)
- Thin Red Line, The (1908/1925)
- Vanished Army, The (1918)
- The Vanished Army (ed. Fennell) (1919/1986)
- Vedette, The (1913)
- Voice of the Guns, The (1917)
- Alford, K. (1930). The Standard of St. George [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [s.l.].
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Frederick J. Ricketts." Accessed 21 October 2019
- Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 7-8.