On the Mall (arr Lake)
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.
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Solo B-flat Cornet as Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
This sing-along/whistle-along march was written in 1923 for the dedication of the Elkan Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park. The title derives from the park's spacious mall where the bandstand is located and where New Yorkers enjoy gathering to listen to concerts. The march was composed and arranged in collaboration with Mayhew Lake in 1923 and rearranged by Erik Leidzén in 1937. Richard Franko Goldman (a well-known composer is his own right) stated in a letter that his father "did not think much of the march at the time and was astonished that it became the most popular of all of his compositions." In January 1956, Goldman conducted this march as an encore at the Nels Vogel Clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota. It was the last piece he would ever conduct.
Like many of Goldman's other marches, On the Mall has explicit expression marks, including staccato quarter notes and accented half notes. In his book Band Betterment he was rather insistent on another point: he wanted his marches played at a tempo between 120 and 128 beats per minute.
- Program Note by Program Notes for Band
On the Mall, the popular march composed by American bandmaster Edwin Franko Goldman (1878—1956), vies with Chimes of Liberty as his two most popular compositions. The phrase “On the Mall” refers to the Mall at the Naumburg Bandshell, where the famous Goldman Band frequently performed in New York City’s Central Park. Goldman composed On the Mall to honor local philanthropist Elkan Naumburg, who financed the bandshell construction in 1923.
When Goldman performed On the Mall with his band, he often encouraged the audience to whistle the catchy tune of the trio section along with the band, eventually letting the crowd carry the melody “solo.” The tradition of whistling that trio melody continues to this day.
- Program Note from Shujitsu Junior and Senior High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2015
None discovered thus far.
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- Karl L. King Municipal Band (Ft. Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor) - 11 July 2021
- United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Bryan P. Sherlock, conductor) – 13 January 2019
- Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 10 September 2016
- United States Marine Band (Washington,D.C. (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) – 24 August 2016
- United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 13 August 2016
- Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 4 July 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Birthday March (1937)
- A Bit of Syncopation
- Boy Scouts of America (1931)
- The British Grenadiers (arr. Tobani) (1915)
- The Bugler (tr. Leidzen) (1943)
- Bugles and Drums (1936)
- Cheerio March (1933)
- Cheerio March (arr. Erickson) (1933/1968)
- Cheerio March (arr. Vinson) (1933/1999)
- The Children's March (arr. Lake) (1934)
- The Chimes of Liberty (1922/1937)
- Chimes of Liberty (arr. Schissel) (1922/1998)
- Christmas March (1940)
- Christmas March (arr. Rogers) (1940/2016)
- The Free Lance March (as arranger) (1906/1959)
- Golden Gate March (1939)
- Illinois March (trans. Leidzen) (1953)
- The Interlochen Bowl (1934)
- Jubilee March (arr. Leidzén) (1937)
- Jupiter (Goldman) (arr. Tobani) (1915)
- Kentucky March (1949)
- Let Freedom Ring (1932)
- My Old Kentucky Home (arr. Tobani) (1915)
- On Guard
- On Parade (arr. Lisk) (1934/2009)
- On the Air
- On the Alert (1931)
- On the Campus
- On the Farm
- On the Go
- On the Green
- On the Heights
- On the Hudson (1940)
- On the Hunt
- On the Mall (arr. Lake) (1923)
- On the Mall (ed. Lisk) (1924/2004)
- On the Mall (arr. Leidzen) (1924/1938)
- On the Pier
- On the Road
- Onward-Upward (1931)
- Springtime Fancies
- Star of the Evening
- Sunshine and Shadows
- V.F.W. (arr. Leidzén) (1949)
- Goldman, Edwin F. (2018). "Chapter XII: 'On the Mall,' [Excerpted from "Facing the Music," the unfinished autobiography of Edwin Franko Goldman.] Contributed by Robert S. Cutler and William D. Clark. Journal of Band Research 53, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 63-70.
- Goldman, E.; Lake, M. (1923). On the Mall: March [score]. Carl Fischer: New York, N.Y.
- Goldman, Edwin F.; Lisk, E. (2004). On the Mall: Concert March [score]. Carl Fischer: [New York].
- Pease, Andy. "On the Mall by Edwin Franko Goldman. Wind Band Literature. Web. Accessed 27 September 2018
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 237.