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Circus King March, The

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Charles E. Duble

Charles E Duble

General Info

Year: 1916
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although Jack Phillips, the music director of John H. Parks Shows in 1916, was far from being the king of the circus, he was held in high enough esteem by Charles Edward Duble to have one of Duble's songs dedicated to him. The Circus King was published in 1916, when Duble was playing trombone in the Sparks band under the direction of Phillips. Duble probably rote the march the same your it was published, which was unusual for him. Circus composers often created compositions that were actively utilized in shows for years before publication.

The Circus King features a simple melody performed by cornets with an extensive obbligato performed by woodwinds. This construction was popular in circuses, especially those shows with large bands that included clarinets and piccolo. The same sort of pattern was used in the famous piccolo obbligato in Sousa's classic The Stars and Stripes Forever.

- Program Note from Circus Songs

To my friend Jack Phillips, Musical Director, John H. Sparks Shows.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Duble, C. [1916]. The Circus King: March [score]. Fillmore Music House: [Cincinnati, Ohio]
  • Studwell, W., et al. (1999). "Circus Songs: An Annotated Anthology." New York: The Haworth Press, pp. 6-7.