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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

Subtitle: Cuba under Three Flags

General Info

Year: 1925
Duration: c. 13:05
Difficulty: IV 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Under the Spanish Flag – 3:30
2. Under the American Flag – 3:55
3. Under the Cuban Flag – 4:50


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This suite depicts the rule of Cuba under three different governments in the years 1875, 1898, and 1925. The inspiration came during Sousa's vacation in Havana in the winter of 1924. Strangely, Sousa mentioned neither this vacation nor the band's brief 1922 visit to Cuba in his autobiography.

Each movement of the suite included melodies characteristic of the ruling country. Excepts from The Spanish Constitution and Andalusian Dances are found in the first movement. The second movement has suggestions of several American songs and ends with Hot Time in the Old Town. La Layamesa, a Cuban traditional song, is interwoven into the third movement.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 83.