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Willow Blossoms

From Wind Repertory Project
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (arr. Brion and Schissel)


Subtitle: A Legend


General Info

Year: 1916 / 1995
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Willow Blossom Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Although the publisher occasionally advertised this composition as a march, it is actually more of a fox trot and was programmed mostly as a "legend" at Sousa Band concerts. It was dedicated to the management and patrons of Philadelphia's Willow Grove Park and was based on the legend that fairies waved their magic wands and caused the willows to cease weeping in the beauty of the music.

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


Light and whimsical with a slight rag-time flavor, Sousa wrote this as a tribute to the management and patrons of Philadelphia’s Willow Grove Park where his band played hundreds of concerts.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • The Lima (Ohio) Area Concert Band (John Hill, conductor) – 15 June 2019


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. 127.
  • Perusal score
  • Sousa, J.; Brion, K.; Schissel, L. (1995). Willow Blossoms: A Legend [score]. Willow Blossom Music: Oskaloosa, Iowa.