Bolivar (King)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King

General Info

Year: 1927
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: K.L. King Music House, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

For additional availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
C Melody Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bolivar was dedicated to Ed Wosky, “Toreador.” During a break from the action, King’s band was acting out a bullfight segment of the circus. After King watched their presentation, he responded by composing Bolivar, which the band performed the next day. This march has the unusual feature of no key change at the trio. Rather, the key remains consistent throughout the march, while alternating between Ab Major and F minor tonalities.

- Program Note from liner notes for Mark CD Tradition: Legacy of the March

Bolivar was a trained mule act in a low-rent traveling circus for which King rented out the Fort Dodge Municipal Band, of which he was the conductor. One evening an outdoor performance was rained out, so most of the band ended up in a local drinking establishment making fun of the circus. Ed Wosky used his raincoat as a cape and one of the other bandsmen played Bolivar the mule while King watched.

- Program Note from unnamed contributor to YouTube "Bolivar March

Dedicated to Ed. Wosky.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Adaptable Music

  • Coast Guards (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1942/2009)

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