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March of the Mitten Men (Power and Glory)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa


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General Info

Year: 1923
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Instrumentation

Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Sousa composed this march in June 1923 in honor of Thomas E. Mitten, president of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company. Mitten's company owned Willow Grove Park, where Sousa's Band played every summer for decades. Mitten's trolleys also carried the audiences to the park. The original title was March Of The Mitten Men, but Sousa agreed to his publisher's suggestion to change the title to the more evocative Power And Glory for a subsequent printing. The march includes Mitten's favorite hymn, Onward, Christian Soldiers by Sir Arthur Sullivan.

- Program Note by Dallas Wind Symphony


John Philip Sousa wrote the March of the Mitten Men in 1923, dedicating it to "Thomas Mitten and the men of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company." The first melody of the trio is a lyric, 64 count somewhat syncopated tune, no part of which repeats itself. The second melody is the Onward Christian Soldier theme, played softly by the brasses. The "finale" masterfully combines the first theme in the full ensemble, with the hymn theme in the trombones. This is not a "typical"-sounding Sousa march. For the second edition of the composition (1924), the title was changed to Power and Glory - Fraternal March. Bierley reports that the change is under the direction of James Francis Cooke, president of Theodore Presser and that sales rose significantly after the name change and use of anelaborate three-color cover.

- Program Note by Willow Grove Park


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 8 December 2018
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Joe Brashier, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 14 July 2015
  • Atascadero Community Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 2 November 2013
  • Clovis Community Band (Duane Weston, conductor) - 11 November 2012


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Sousa, J. (1923). Power and Glory : (March of the Mitten Men) Fraternal March Introducing "Onward Christian Soldiers." [score]. Philadelphia: Thomas Presser.
  • Willow Grove Park: Mitten and His Men