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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

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General Info

Year: 1915
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Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

In the summer of 1915, Sousa and his band ... were engaged by the impresario Charles Dillingham for a New York Hippodrome extravaganza to be known as Hip Hip Hooray. The Sousa Band played a double role in the show. As one act it stood in concert formation on the stage and played a short concert. Then, instead of the usual orchestra, it played in the pit to accompany most of the remaining acts.

Sousa's extracurricular salute was his march The New York Hippodrome, and his contribution to Hip Hip Hooray was his Ballet of the States (also called March of the States and Sisterhood of the States). This was used to accompany a ballet in which each of the forty-eight states was represented by a sextet of dancing girls. Sousa arranged and composed characteristic tunes for each state. The act was climaxed with The Stars and Stripes Forever, which usually resulted in unrestrained shouts of approval.

- 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. 123-124.