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Flags of Freedom (1918)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

General Info

Year: 1918 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts – Free download

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Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sousa composed this march at the request of Joseph W. Gannon, Division of Associated Flag chairman of the Fourth Liberty Loan drive of World War I. Gannon asked Sousa to incorporate national airs of the twenty-one nations at war with Germany, but Sousa thought this impractical and decided upon five. The countries represented were Belgium, Italy, France, Great Britain and America, in that order. In a letter to Gannon dated August 25, 1918, Sousa suggested that the march be royalty free. This would have made little difference, because it was written just at the war's end and consequently sold very few copies.

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


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 44.
  • Sousa, J. (1918). Flags of Freedom [score]. Carl Fischer: [New York].