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Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Frederick Fennell)


General Info

Year: 1923 / 1972
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Regimental Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Harp (optional) Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Field Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Bells (Glockenspiel)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Published in 1923, this concert-oriented march celebrates Sousa’s membership in the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners). His local chapter hosted the national convention in 1923 in Washington, D.C., and Sousa conducted a band of 6,200 members in Griffith Stadium, the largest group he ever conducted. Contemporary versions of the Janissary Band (Turkish royal bodyguards) are a vital part of colorful Shrine marching units, and this march was intended to recreate the musical style of this Turkish music. The “Jingling Johnny” or Turkish Crescent (a marching instrument with a pole hung with jingling bells), triangle, tambourine, and a heavy bass drum are highlighted, and we hear sudden fortissimo outbursts in the first section. This march is unique in that it includes a part for the harp.

- Program Note by Edward Harris


Nobles is unique among the American March King’s works: yhe first strain is in the key of B-Flat minor. It calls for triangle and tambourine as an integral part of the percussion texture, and it is basically alluding to “Turkish music”.

This music might more properly be called Janissary, for such was the name of the military bodyguard of Turkish sovereigns from the 15th and into the 19th century. It was the music of bands of the janissary which the Crusaders beheld with such fascination in their contacts with life in the Holy Land they sought to wrest from the Turks. Contemporary versions of the Janissary Band are a vital part of the colorful Shrine marching units seen in parades all over the country. Gaily costumed, bedecked with feather, sash, and sword, these units put out an oriental wail that is distinctly theirs. Sousa was a Shriner and wrote this march for his friends in Washington. He conducted the première with an enormous band of 6200 Shriners in Washington’s Griffith’s baseball stadium.

- Program Note by David Holsinger


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Grinnell (Iowa) College Symphonic Band (Joshua W. Neuenschwander, conductor) - 11 May 2019
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (David Diggs, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Hundemer, conductor) – 24 March 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Band (Mike Leckrone, conductor) – 17 February 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 6 November 2018
  • Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Symphony (Richard Fischer, conductor) - 2 November 2018
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • Lower Columbia College (Longview, Wash.) Honor Band (Robert Davis, conductor) – 6 January 2018
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Kurt Dietrich, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Concert Band (Jeffrey Leonard, conductor) – 14 May 2017
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Band (Michael Schofield, conductor) - 21 April 2017 (2017 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • St. Louis (Mo.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Poshak, conductor) – 13 November 2016
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 9 June 2016
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford) Wind Symphony (Keith Talley, conductor) – 24 April 2016
  • Kearsarge Community Band (New London, N.H.) (Aarne Vesiland, conductor) – 28 February 2016
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 28 February 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Jacqueline Townsend, conductor) – 23 November 2015
  • Dallas (Texas) Winds (Jerry F. Junkin, conductor) - 6 October 2015
  • United States Army Band (Washington, D.C.) (Curtis Kinzey, conductor – 26 June 2015
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Loras John Schossel, conductor) - 23 May 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Sousa, J.; Fennell, F. (1972). Nobles of the Mystic Shrine : March [score]. Fox: New York.