John Philip Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 7

John Philip Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 7

by Keith Brion
     
 

In this, the seventh installment in Naxos' outstanding Sousa: Music for Wind Band series, Keith Brion and the Royal Artillery Band take on some of the lesser investigated aspects of John Philip Sousa's activity, mainly concentrating on works Sousa composed in the 1880s and 1890s. While much ofSee more details below

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In this, the seventh installment in Naxos' outstanding Sousa: Music for Wind Band series, Keith Brion and the Royal Artillery Band take on some of the lesser investigated aspects of John Philip Sousa's activity, mainly concentrating on works Sousa composed in the 1880s and 1890s. While much of the most popular music of Sousa is concentrated into works written between 1889 and 1901, Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 7, demonstrates that the decade before that wasn't half bad, either, with such fine entries as "The Rifle Regiment March" and "The Presidential Polonaise" (both 1886), the latter written at the request of American President Chester A. Arthur as an alternative to "Hail to the Chief," a ditty Arthur felt was less than dignified. "The Presidential Polonaise" carries with it an appropriate amount of pomp and sense of occasion and is just as catchy as "Hail to the Chief," so one wonders why it didn't stick. Among great marches drawn from Sousa's operettas, one may find "El Capitan" (1896) and "The Bride-Elect" (1897) here, along with fine late works such as "America First" (1916) and "The Black Horse Troop" (1924). Among non-marches included are two extended topical fantasies, and both of these appear to be new to recordings. "Sounds from the Revivals" (1896) is a medley of hymn tunes popular in revival services such as "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Hold the Fort" featuring a generous amount of soloing for the cornet, whereas "Sheridan's Ride" (1891) is a gallant and electrifying Civil War tone poem, complete cannon shots, numerous bugle calls, and a scored cheer for the boys in the band. "Sheridan's Ride" is perfect fodder to wow one's guests at a Fourth of July picnic or other summertime event; Naxos doesn't usually trumpet the inherent audiophile qualities of its discs, but this one certainly has them. As is his usual wont, Keith Brion realizes Sousa with an absolutely serious sense of purpose, and the Royal Artillery Band is very well-drilled, proving once again that complete surveys of the work of a composer needn't consist of uneven or make-work styled performances; "Sheridan's Ride" palpitates with excitement, whereas the "Intaglio Waltzes" (1884) glide with assured grace and lightness of step. It's great that Naxos has gotten this out well in time for the summer; don't get those hot dogs, brats, and beef patties ready without having this along for the barbecue as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943924723
catalogNumber:
8559247
Rank:
247076

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  1. America First, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  2. Presidential Polonaise, polonaise for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  3. The Rifle Regiment, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  4. Congress Hall, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  5. El Capitan, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  6. Intaglio Waltzes, waltz for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  7. Golden Jubilee, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  8. The Bride Elect March, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  9. Sounds from the Revivals, fantasie for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion  - Martin Hinton
  10. The Charlatan, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  11. Sheridan's Ride, descriptive piece for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  12. The Black Horse Troop, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion
  13. The Naval Reserve, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Artillery Band  - Keith Brion

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