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Big Cage, The (King)

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Karl King

Karl King


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Subtitle: Circus Galop


General Info

Year: 1934
Duration: c. 1:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00

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Instrumentation

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone or Alto Clarinet
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Drums

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Dedicated to Clyde Beatty, famous lion trainer.

- Program Note from score


King gave up trouping with circus bands in 1918, but he continued to write marches and galops for the circus for many years. One interesting example is Atta-Boy March, which was published in 1926 and then republished in 1961 as Center Ring March. The Big Cage – Circus Galop was written in 1934 and dedicated to Clyde Beatty, a lion tamer who was as famous then as Gunther Williams was 50 years later.

As a musical form, the galop has increased in tempo considerably from its nineteenth-century European origin as a ballroom dance. Then, it was a moderately fast hop-glide dance step; now, it is a fast and furious contest between the tigers and the musicians to see who can finish their act first. William, G. Pruyn, music director of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, prefers a galop tempo of MM=220.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • King, K. (1934). The Big Cage [score]. K.L. King Music House: Fort Dodge, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 344.