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White Rose, The (arr Gore)

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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Harold Gore)

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General Info

Year: 1917 / 1983
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harold Gore Publishing through Penders Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00;   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


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Program Notes

At a concert by the Sousa Band in York, Pennsylvania, a civic committee requested this Sousa march. The march was to be used at the York Flower Festival, commemorating White Rose Day. The white rose is the emblem of the House of York, in England, from which York, Pennsylvania, took its name. The White Rose Day celebration was cancelled, owing to priorities of World War I. Nevertheless, Sousa's march was played at a public concert by combined bands and given some some measure of publicity in a recording by the Victor Talking Machine Company. It never became popular, however. By request, Sousa incorporated several themes from the opera Nittaunis, composed by York banker C.C. Frick.

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

Of particular note in this march is Sousa’s brilliant use of a staccato countermelody in the upper winds for the trio section, which provides a satisfying contrast to the lyrical main theme.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 18 August 2021


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State Ratings

  • California


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  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Michael Roeder, conductor) – 28 February 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • Bierley, P. (1973). John Philip Sousa: A Descriptive Catalog of His Works. University of Illinois Press; Urbana, pp. 79.
  • Sousa, J.; Gore, H. (1983). The White Rose: Concert March [score]. Warner Bros. Publications: [U.S.].