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March of the Women, The (flex)

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Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth (arr. Daniel Bukin)

General Info

Year: 1911 / 2020
Duration: c. 1:15
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daniel Bukin
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The March of the Women was a song composed by Ethel Smyth in 1910, to words by Cicely Hamilton. It became the official anthem of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and more widely the anthem of the women's suffrage movement throughout the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Activists sang it not only at rallies but also in prison while they were on hunger strike. Smyth produced a number of different arrangements of the work.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Smyth was arrested, along with the other women, in 1910 and was sentenced to two months in prison. Witnesses tell of suffragettes marching in the prison quadrangle singing The March of the Women as Smyth leaned out a window to conduct them with a toothbrush.

While Smyth produced a number of arrangements for the song including one for military band, we were not able to locate an original score. Thanks to the internet, we found a program given by the East Grinstead Concert Band over in the UK that featured Smyth’s march. Stuart Fifield, musical director of the band, explained that he had created the arrangement for a concert commemorating England’s suffragette movement. He sent us the score and parts and we are happy to premiere his arrangement in the United States.

- Program Note by University of Illinois Summer Band concert program, 27 September 2017

Performance Notes

  • Octave placement may be adjusted as needed. In fact, many parts include optional 8va or 8vb depending on the instrument.
  • All repeats are optional.
  • Tempo markings are rough guidelines and don’t necessarily need to be adhered to strictly. Use whatever tempo is an appropriate balance for both the piece and your students.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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