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White Plume, The

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa


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General Info

Year: 1884
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ellis
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Instrumentation (Incomplete)

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
Cornets Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Horn
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Sousa and his lyricist entered politics with this effort: [We'll Follow Where the White Plume Waves.]. It was a campaign song written to support James Gillespie Blaine, who ran for president against Grover Cleveland in 1884. Blaine was known in political circles as the "plumed knight." The enthusiastic song ends in the following manner:

For victory and Blaine,
From Oregon to Maine,
We'll follow where the white plume waves.

Later, Sousa completely revised the song, converted it into a march, and call it The White Plume. The song barely survived the election, but the march was popular for many years.

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


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) - 11 August 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 10 January 2016


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. 99.