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Melody Shop, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl L. King

Karl King


General Info

Year: 1910
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Melody Shop is one of Karl King's most popular marches and one of the most popular marches of all time. The march is written in Eb and then switches to Ab at the trio. Excerpts of the march are commonly used in auditions for euphoniums and baritone horns auditioning for a spot in a military band, a university band, brass bands, and city and state ensembles.

King released this march in 1910 during his first year as a circus musician.

- Program note from Wikipedia


This march was dedicated to E.E. Powell and Al Shortridge, owners of the Powell Music Co. Melody Shop in Canton, Ohio, King's hometown at the time. The nineteen-year-old composer was playing euphonium with Robinson's Famous Shows and was on tour much of the time, but he always enjoyed returning to Canton to see his family and friends. March researcher Robert Hoe wrote that "of all the marches ever written, this one is considered the ne plus ultra (summit of achievement) for baritone-euphonium players." Most clarinet players also appreciate the challenge in their part.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


The Melody Shop was one of King's earliest published marches, written when the composer was nineteen years old. Composed in the virtuosic style of the circus march, the baritone part has long been notorious for its dizzying and extremely difficult final strain. One popular legend explaining this challenging part involves a chance meeting in a Canton, Ohio, barbershop between King and a stranger. The stranger was also a baritone player and he struck up a conversation with King, not knowing the composer’s identity. The stranger referred to King as “that guy who writes those dinky, little marches.” The story goes that this was all the urging King needed to make The Melody Shop baritone part one of the most famous in all band literature.

- Program Note from Aledo High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 12 February 2016


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Virginia Wind Symphony (Virginia Beach) (Dennis J. Ziesler, conductor; Brian Bowman, euphonium) – 10 November 2019
  • Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) - 14 June 2019
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Andrew Esch, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor; massed euphonium choir) – 26 April 2018
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (Brian Covey, conductor) - 8 March 2017 (82nd Annual ABA National Convention)
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holton, conductor) – 4 February 2017
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor; Brian Bowman and Lauren Curran, euphoniums) - 4 March 2016 (81st Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Aledo (Texas) High School Wind Ensemble (Keith Bearden, conductor) - 12 February 2016 (2016 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Hodgson Winds (University of Georgia, Athens) (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 16 October 2015
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Barry Houser, conductor) - 16 July 2015
  • Allegheny College (Pa.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Allen E. Beck, conductor) – 12 June 2015
  • United States Navy Band (Captain Brian O. Walden, conductor) - February 2013 West Coast Tour
  • Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony - 4 November 2012
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor; Carlos Gama Jr., euphonium) - 27 January 2007


Works for Winds by this Composer


References