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Powhattan's Daughter

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (ed. Schissel)


General Info

Year: 1907/2013
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Field Drum
  • Tom-Tom


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This was the march that first endeared Sousa to the Indians of America. It is a salute to Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, and was written for the Jamestown Exposition of 1907. This exposition marked the three hundredth anniversary of the first English settlement in America.

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


Composed in 1906 and 1907, Powhatan’s Daughter March (pronounced: POW-uh-tan) takes its title from a reference to the legendary Indian princess Pocahontas, the daughter of a Native American chief associated with the early Jamestown Colony. According to the editor, this piece reflects Sousa’s early interest in ethnomusicology. Scored in cut-time meter, the march displays an assertive and energetic quality throughout, although the second strain is characterized by low register clarinets and tacet brass the first time through. The transparent trio section begins with an alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and euphonium soli supported by ornamental figures in the oboe and clarinet. The otherwise standard instrumentation includes a fourth clarinet as an alternative to alto clarinet, an optional Eb clarinet, and string bass. Consistent with Sousa’s beliefs, timpani are not included in the percussion section scoring.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, June/July 2014


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Winds (Steven Piazza, conductor) – 14 May 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His works. University of Illinois Press: Urbana, p. 65.