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James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe (arr. J. Louis von der Mehden, Jr.)

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Subtitle: Castle's Lame Duck

General Info

Year: 1914
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ricordi
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Castles referred to in the title are the famed dance couple Irene and Vernon Castle. The Castles enjoyed and help popularize ragtime music, and they traveled with an all-black dance orchestra led by James Reese Europe. The "lame duck" subtitle was apparently applied by the music publisher to describe the type of dance that the Castles were performing.

- Program Note adapted from preconcert comments by Loras John Schissel, 21 September 2019


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Virginia (Alexandria) Grand Military Band (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 21 September 2019
  • United States Military Academy (West Point) Band (Jonathan Crane, conductor) - 10 August 2019

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