World Turned Upside Down, The

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General Info

Year: 1983
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music Co
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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Program Notes

Slow and dignified, this Revolutionary War march was played by the British as the defeated armies left the Battle of Yorktown, marking the end of the war. In 6/8 time, this arrangement for concert band features field drum and high woodwinds.

- Program Note from publisher

The World Turned Upside Down is an English ballad. It was first published on a broadside in the middle of the 1640s as a protest against the policies of Parliament relating to the celebration of Christmas. Parliament believed the holiday should be a solemn occasion, and outlawed traditional English Christmas celebrations. There are several versions of the lyrics. It is sung to the tune of another ballad, When the king enjoys his own again.

American tradition has it that the British band played this tune when Lord Cornwallis surrendered at the Siege of Yorktown (1781). However, there was no historical record of which song or songs were played by the band. The account of it being that particular song was added to the historical record almost 100 years after the event. The title, if not the melody, appeared in the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


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