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Humoresque on Swanee by George Gershwin

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Brion)

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General Info

Year: 1920 / 1928 / 2003
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


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Program Notes

This humoresque was founded upon George Gershwin and Irving Caesar's song from the Broadway show Sinbad. Liberally sprinkled with unusual sound effect, it includes variation on the principal theme as well as Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here, Listen to the Mocking Bird, Dixie, and Old Folks at Home. It was originally written in 1920, but Sousa revised it in 1928, using Lassus Trombone for the finale.

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

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 114.
  • Sousa, J.; Brion, K.; Gershwin, G. (2003). Humoresque on Swanee by George Gershwin [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.