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America First

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa


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Subtitle: A March of the States


General Info

Year: 1916
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: T.B. Harms
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

The subtitle of this piece, "A March of the States," caused confusion because Sousa's incidental music for the Hip Hip Hooray show at the New York Hippodrome was also called March of the States The inspiration came from the text of a 1915 speech by President Woodrow Wilson in which he declared, "Our whole duty for the present is summered up in the motto 'America First'."

A dual premiere took place as Washington's birthday was celebrated on February 22, 1916. Sousa's Band played the march at the Hippodrome while the U.S. Marine Band played it in Washington at the national convention of the Daughters of the American revolution. The march was dedicated to Mrs. William Cumming Story, president of the D.A.R., and included brief passages of Maryland, My Maryland and Dixie.

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


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 8 January 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 33.
  • Sousa, J. (1916). America First. A March of the States. [P.F.]. [score]. T.B. Harms and Francis, Day & Hunter: New York.