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Mother Goose

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa


Subtitle: On Nursery Rhymes


General Info

Year: 1883
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

One of the seldom-used marches in the Sousa Band repertoire was this medley of nursery tunes. Reflecting his sense of humor, Sousa used it in a sly manner. On one occasion, a matinee audience seemed unresponsive. He quietly uttered to the band, “If they’re going to act like children, we’ll give them children’s music! Get up Mother Goose, gentlemen.” This got to be a joke with the bandsmen, and when Sousa appeared to be perturbed with a matinee audience, they would nudge one another and say, “The Old Man’s about ready to give ‘em Mother Goose!”

The nursery tunes included are Come All Ye Young Maids, I’se Come to See Miss Jennie Jones, Little Jack Horner, There Is a Man in Our Town, Our Dear Doctor, and Down in the Meadow.

- Program Note from John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works


Commercial Discography

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Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 60-61.