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March Intercollegiate

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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (ed. Brion)

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General Info

Year: 1892(?) / 1973
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: European American Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $56.00   |   Score Only - $9.95


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Program Notes

According to the Sinclair catalogue, the first performance of this march took place in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 1897, by the combined New Haven Band and the United States Marine Band as part of the activities of the inauguration of President William McKinley. Here "everyone's Alma Mater" is the featured tune, a robust setting of the sentimental 1857 part-song Annie Lisle - the "intercollegiate" tune that quickly made the rounds following Cornell's adoption of it as Far above Cayuga's Water in 1872. Probably dating from 1892 in its original state (for the Danbury Band at the Fair Grounds, according to a memo left by Ives), Intercollegiate follows one of the older quickstep schemes of a sixteen-measure trio followed by a da capo.

- Program Note by Jonathan Elkus

Although this is one of Ives’ earliest published compositions, it does contain elements that would become characteristics of Ives’s unique compositional voice, including: a direct quotation of the popular (at the time) American ballad Annie Lisle (1857) by Boston minstrel musician H.S Thompson and a rather abrupt and unusual third-related modulation from C major to A-flat major between the break-up strain and the trio. Ives also modifies the Annie Lisle tune from its original simple meter to conform with this compound meter march and further adjusts the rhythm in measure 39 to create a syncopation that further enhances the ‘rollicking’ nature of this piece.

- Program Note from Ithaca College Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 April 2018

N.B. Conductor notes developed specifically for the small band program may be found in Discussion tab, above.

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