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Thunderer, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Brion and Schissel)


General Info

Year: 1889 / 1998
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Field Drum
  • Cymbals


Errata

2nd & 3rd B-flat Clarinet. meas. 106, beat 2: C should read D (both octaves)
1st & 2nd Horns in F. meas. 92, beat 2: F sharp should read G sharp


Program Notes

The Thunderer was Mrs. John Phillip Sousa’s favorite march. Their daughter Helen revealed this, who had surmised that The Thunderer might have been her father’s salute to the London Times, which was known as the “thunderer.” It was since then determined that Sousa probably had no association with the newspaper at that time, however. The “thunderer” might have been one of the ones in charge of making arrangements for the 1889 conclave — in particular Myron M. Parker, who worked tirelessly to make the event the spectacular success that it was.

In the second section of the march, Sousa included an adaptation of earlier trumpet and drum piece, Here’s to Your Health, Sir!

- Program note by Paul E. Bierley


To Columbia Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, Washington D.C.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Sousa, J.; Brion, K; Schissel, L. (1998). The Thunderer. [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • The Thunderer, Wikipedia Accessed 24 October 2018