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Bonnie Annie Laurie (1883)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1883
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
B-flat Soprano Clarinet II-III (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
Horn in F Solo-I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

According to Sousa scholar Paul Bierley, Sousa often remarked that the old Scottish ballad Annie Laurie was the most beautiful of all folk songs. In 1883, he wrote the march Bonnie Annie Laurie based on the song. In spite of several printings, it was soon forgotten.

- Program Note from publisher

Annie Laurie is an old Scottish song based on a poem said to have been written by William Douglas (1672?–1748) of Dumfries and Galloway, about his romance with Annie Laurie (1682—1764). The words were modified and the tune was added by Alicia Scott in 1834/5. The song is also known as Maxwelton Braes. This melody is heard in the trio of Sousa's Bonnie Annie Laurie.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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  • "Annie Laurie." Wikipedia Accessed 5 August 2017
  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 36.
  • Sousa, J. Sousa Archives for Band Research. (1883). Annie Laurie [score]. Manuscript. Champaign, Ill.