Three Quotations

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. R Mark Rogers)

Subtitle: Suite for Band

General Info

Year: 1895 / 1997
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $180.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (both parts double piccolo)
Oboe I-II (II doubles English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV (IV is an alto clarinet substitute)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The quotations upon which this suite was founded were more familiar when it was written than they are today. The first two can be traced to sixteenth-century writings, and the third was a conversational phrase. No doubt they are to be found somewhere in the rare books of Sousa's personal library.

The three quotations are:

  • The King of France (marched up the hill with twenty thousand men; the King of France marched down the hill and ne'er went up again.)
  • I, Too, Was Born in Arcadia
  • In Darkest Africa (Nigger in the Woodpile)

- Program Note from John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works


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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 86.
  • Sousa, J.; Rogers, M. (1996). Three Quotations: Suite for Band. [score]. Southern Music Company: San Antonio, TX.