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Chariot Race, The

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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This work is also known as "The Ben Hur Chariot Race."

General Info

Year: 1890
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hannah Harris, a Philadelphia educator, had heard the U.S. Marine Band in Washington and arranged to bring Sousa and the band to Philadelphia for concerts. In a later letter to Sousa she suggested that he write this descriptive piece, speculating that it would be a success because of the current popularity of Ben Hur. She was correct.

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

Instrumental parts for this may not have ever been engraved. The manuscript parts used by Sousa's band are in the collection of Sousa's papers at the University of Illinois.

- Program Note from International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 10 January 2016

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