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This Mystery March Composer?
American, born in the last half of the 19th century, at age 12 he was performing as soloist on the cornet, and at age
16 played violin in a theater orchestras. He quickly gained recognition as an arranger, conductor,
and composer. One of his popular marches, Associated Press, was written in 1897. He
formed his own band in 1899 and became a prolific composer with over 140 marches to his credit. His works were published by
over 12 publishing companies of the time. He died in 1940. Click HERE to find out all about our mystery composer.
What March did John Phillip Sousa say was the
best march ever written...besides one of his own?
What's the best known musical composition by a Vermonter? The National Emblem March, written in 1906 by Craftsbury's E.E. Bagley.
John Phillip Sousa named this the finest march he *didn't*
write--the National Emblem March quotes extensively from "The Star Spangled Banner" (which wouldn't become America's
official national anthem until 1931).
Here's Bagley's Wikipedia entry:
Edwin Eugene Bagley (1857-1922)
was born in Craftsbury, Vermont. He began his music career at the age of nine as a vocalist and comedian with Leavitt's Bellringers,
a company of entertainers that toured many of the larger cities of the United States. He began playing the cornet, traveling
for six years with the Swiss Bellringers.
After his touring days, he joined Blaisdell's Orchestra of Concord,
New Hampshire. In 1880, he came to Boston as a solo cornet player at The Park Theater. For nine years, he traveled with the
Bostonians, an opera company. While with this company, he changed from cornet to trombone. He performed with the Germania
Band of Boston and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Edwin Eugene Bagley is best known for composing marches. His most famous
march, National Emblem, is played as a patriotic tune at Independence Day celebrations in the United States and features an
excerpt of The Star-Spangled Banner. A theme from this march is popularly sung with the words "and the monkey wrapped
his tail around the flagpole".
Who Wrote The March Used for Script Ohio?
The march used by the Ohio State University Marching Band for their famous Script
Ohio is called (in French) Le Regimet de Sambre et Meuse or (in English) The Sambre-Meuse Regiment, sometimes refereed to
as the "French National Defile March." It was written by Robert Planquette, (1848-1903) born in
Paris, France. He wrote the march at age 19 and subsequently sold it and all rights rights for practically
nothing because he was hungry. It was later arranged for full military band by J.F. Rauski and first played in 1879. Planquette
wrote mostly operettas and wrote few marches except those that were included in his other works.
John Bosserman. age 88, is a retired aerospace engineer and secondary school educator
who has composed over 75 marches as an amateur musician. His musical background started in high school and
continued during WWII in the 82nd Division Army Band. He later attended Cincinnati Conservatory of
Music for one year in 1946-47 where he studied with one of Sousa's solo cornet players,
Frank "Doc" Simon, Later, in 1961-64 while a member of the North American
Aviation Band in Columbus Ohio, he had many discussions with Paul Bierley while Paul was working on his first Sousa biography book.
. In 2001John started writing marches as a hobby and wrote a total of 77 march
compositions between 2004 and 2010...
What defines a "March" from other forms of musically composition?
See Wikipedia for best defition!
The standard march as defined
for this website is music that conforms to the march as it was developed in the Golden Age Of The March, from
about 1870 to 1930! Such a march is composed of 16 or 32 bar strains, sometimes with counter themes, mostly repeated,
with 4 and 8 bar introductions or breaks throughout the piece. It can also include a 16 or 32 bar unrestricted strain
where there are short themes or a free for all, so to speak, of different sections of the band. The music will
usually include at least three different themes throughout the march.
The time signature is 2/4 , cut time 2/2. or 6/8 and
played at speeds of 100 to 140 beats per second. The faster marches are usually played by the old time circus bands
and are sometimes called gallops! For more complete information about the American march see Wikipedia.
What's the story behind Sousa's composition known as his
Sousa's march known as his "mystery march" has perhaps the interesting history of all his marches. In the
fall of 1929 Sousa had just finished a march named for a Texas school, but due to an unexpected call to play at the dedication
of a new building in Minneapolis fashioned after the Washington Monument, built for magnate W.B. Foshay, Sousa quickly took
the Texas school march and named it Foshay Tower March to use at the Minneapolis dedication.
After using the new march at the dedication and playing it several times, Sousa discovered that Foshay had been accused of
criminal misconduct, so he shelved the march and never played it again or had it published. He subsequently wrote another
march for the Texas school called Daughters of Texas, but the original march written for Foshay was not head from again
and its existence and name remained a mystery to the general public until it was discovered again in 1965. Sousa.s daughter
then permitted the march to be re-premiered by the Marine Band in 1976 and later published under Sousa's renamed
title for the Foshay building.
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Here's some very interesting
comments and links to march music on the website of Ronald B. Standler!
Who Wrote The Most Marches?
.L. H Blankenburg (German) 1876-1936,
is probably the most prolific writer of march music. He is credited with writing an average one or more new marches every
week for years. He had a total officially of 1328 but the actual number may never be known. His marches
have been accused of sounding somewhat alike but when you write that many marches it is understandable. His most famous marches
were The Gladiators Farewell (1907) and Action Front (1912). One of the things he did very well was write Baritone counter melodies.
There have been many
composers credited with writing over 100 marches. American composers include Sousa, witrh around 130, Filmore 113+,
and King 188+, and James Fulton 140+. Of course these composers wrote many other pieces of music and the
number of marches written does not indicate the quality of the music.
Which Marches Are Most Popular?
There have been a few march popularity polls that I am aware (15 to 20) taken in the last
50 years, particularly among band directors and music professionals, both in America and Europe. ( There have obviously been
many more of which I am not aware) Most of these polls have been quite limited with 1000 or less voters. American polls clearly
put Stars & Stripes as number one but international polls consistently have the German march Alte Kameraden (Old
Comrades) as number one. Other than these two marches there is no clear cut lineup of favorite marches in
any of the the polls I have studied. jB
An international poll by Norman E. Smith from 1976 - 1986 of 1000 plus
qualified voters had the following top 10 marches:
In the 99 places listed in the poll, Sousa had 19 places,, Filmore had 6,
and King had 5.
The Wikipedia lists about 65 marches which are labeled "popular" because they are frequently played in America.
It is interesting to note that in this list there are 3 marches by Fillmore, 4 by King, and 11 by Sousa.
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What march by a famous composer is sometimes considered
a song instead of a march?
Ans: The Golden Star by Sousa is not listed as one of his marches because it is a slow tempo. (about 70 beats per second) It is generally
listed as a song while others consider it a slow march. The controversy stems from the fact it was written
and dedicated to the son of Theodore Roosevelt who died in the war.
How can professional
brass players play fresh for hours on end without hurting their lips?
band interested in playing one of my marches can contact me for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of my marches have been played
by area community bands and about half have been recorded. I still have about ten marches that I believe are suitable for
an album recording. JB
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