From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Kevin R. Tam)

Subtitle: Humoresque

General Info

Year: 1892 / 2016
Duration: c. 11:55
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kevin R. Tam
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00; (digital) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bones
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This lost humoresque by Sousa exhibits each section of the band in a soloistic manner. These works were never published and held in reserve for the Sousa Band to show off its talent. Described in a vintage Sousa program this humoresque folds out: "The members of the band, having taken umbrage at a sharp criticism of their leader, conclude to rebel. The oboe initiates the revolt by rising in his place, playing I'm Going Back to Dixie, and leaving the stage. The others follow in pairs, trios, quartettes, etc. each playing a familiar good bye or farewell song. Finding, after all the fuss, that the leader remains perfectly calm and unconcerned and recalling also that pay-day comes on the morrow, they all suddenly and precipitately march back to their duty, playing, as an index of their repentance, the emotional old song Annie Laurie.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bad Wolf Music website Accessed 3 November 2021
  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 111-112.
  • Perusal score