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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (trans. Jonathan Elkus)

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Subtitle: For mixed chorus and band

General Info

Year: c. 1894 / 1953/ 1971
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peer Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


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Program Notes

Composed as a march possibly as early as 1894 but worked over several times in the next 40 years, Ives's verses to this thoroughbred quickstep's printing in his 114 Songs are at once witty and wistful:

All summer long, we boys dreamed 'bout big circus joys!
Down Main Street, comes the band, Oh! "Ain't it a grand and a glorious noise!"[Repeat]
Horses are prancing, Knights advancing, Helmet's gleaming, Pennants streaming,
Cleopatra's on her throne! That Golden hair is all her own [Repeat][Trio]
Where is the lady all in pink? Last year she waved to me I think,
Can she have died? Can! that! rot! SHe is passing but she sees me not. [Last time patchwork-overlay of college songs from Version 3]
Riding down from Bangor on the midnight train,
Rip, slam, bang we go, Sir, right in thro' the rain,
I had a horse we'd called Napoleon,
All on account of his "Bony parts."
When in after years we take our children on our knee,
We'll teach them that the alphabet begins with D.K.E.

- Program Note by Jonathan Elkus

Arranged by Jonathan Elkus for symphonic band with opt mixed chorus from orchestration by George F. Roberts

- Program note from Charles Ives Society

The Circus Band, from the 1890s, rivals some of Sousa's as a classic march of the era, enlivened with Ives's characteristic rhythmic quirks.

- Program Note by Jan Swafford


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