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Melody Shop, The (arr Glover)

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Karl L. King

Karl King (arr. Andrew Glover)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 1999
Duration: c. 3:24
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet/Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

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


  • Euphonium bass and treble clef: Rehearsal number 86 should be 88.
  • Euphonium bass and treble clef: Rehearsal number at beginning of trio should be 94, not 78.

Program Notes

To E.E. Powell and Al Shortidge of Powell Music Co., "The Melody Shop," Canton Ohio.

- Program Note from score

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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