|Stars and Stripes Forever, Ballet Suite
A lesser-known recording, but a must-have for any lover of band music.
This is a ballet suite based on the music of John Philip Sousa, set
by Hershey Kay (famous for his orchestrations of Leonard Bernstein's
music, AKA Hershy Kay). Played by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the
direction of Arthur Fiedler.
There are some very nice settings of familiar tunes, including Washington Post march, Semper Fidelis march, and Stars and Stripes Forever (national march of the United States of America). Euphonium players will be interested to note that the normal orchestral instrumentation was augmented to include euphonium, played by the legendary John Swallow (featured on several melodies, coutermelodies, and a cadenza).
This CD also features Hershey Kay's Cake Walk Suite.
|Stars and Stripes Forever, Video on VHS
This entertaining video stars Clifton Webb, Debra Paget, and Robert
Wagner. There is some very fine playing by the band, comprised of many
original Sousa band members.
"In the 1890s, Sgt. Major John Philip Sousa, leader of the Marine Corps Band, meets Private Willie Little, inventor of an instrument he calls the Sousaphone... and Little's girlfriend, shapely showgirl Lily. To support his growing family, Sousa leaves the Marines and forms his own band; Willie and Lily go along. Though he'd rather write ballads, Sousa's marches bring him increasing fame; from their debut in 1892 the band is a great success. But Sousa's 'no wives' rule threatens the romance of Willie and Lily...as does the Spanish-American War." (from Internet Movie Database).
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