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Title Washington Post
Category Concert/wind/brass band
Subcategory Street march
Instrumentation Ha (concert/wind band)
Instrumentation/info MBF (card size)
Format DirStm (Condensed Score and parts)
Publisher's article no. KL 990a
Double number/set Kadetten-Marsch
Price 36.00 EUR (incl. 10 % Austrian VAT)
Composer Sousa, John Philip
Arranger Weber, Hans
Difficulty level 2
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The Washington Post (often called "The Washington Post March") is a march composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. Since then, it has remained as one of his most popular marches throughout the United States and many other countries. In 1889, the owners of The Washington Post newspaper requested that John Philip Sousa, the leader of the United States Marine Band, compose a march for the newspaper's essay contest awards ceremony. Sousa obliged; "The Washington Post March" was introduced at the ceremony on June 15, 1889, and it became quite popular. It led to a British journalist dubbing Sousa "The March King". Sousa is honored in The Washington Post building for his contribution to the newspaper and his country.

Quelle/Source: Wikipedia

In the 1880s, several newspapers in Washington, D.C., competed fiercely for the public's favor. One of these newspapers, the Washington Post, organized the so-called "Washington Post Amateur Authors' Association" and sponsored an essay competition for school children. Frank Hatton and Beriah Wilkins, the owners of the newspaper, asked Sousa, the then leader of the naval band, to compose a march for the awards ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the Smithsonian compound on June 15, 1889. President Harrison and other dignitaries were among the huge crowd. When the new march was played by Sousa and the Marine Band, it was enthusiastically received, and within days it became extremely popular in Washington.

Besides "The Stars and Stripes Forever", the "Washington Post" was Sousa's most famous march. It was a standard feature of Sousa Band performances and was often called for openly when it was not scheduled for a program. It was painful for Sousa to tell that, like "Semper Fidelis" and other marches of the time, he received only $35 for it, while the publisher made a fortune.

Today, a spotlight in a Washington Post common room illuminates a life-size color portrait of black-bearded Sousa in his scarlet Marine Band uniform. It is the newspaper's homage to the man who first brought it worldwide fame.

Quelle/Source: Paul E. Bierley, The Works of John Philip Sousa (Westerville, Ohio: Integrity Press, 1984)

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