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John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa (; November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known primarily for American military marches. He is known as "The March King" or the "American March King", to distinguish him from his British counterpart Kenneth J. Alford who is also known as "The March King". Among his best-known marches are "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (National March of the United States of America), "Semper Fidelis" (official march of the United States Marine Corps), "The Liberty Bell", "The Thunderer", and "The Washington Post".

Sousa began his career playing violin and studying music theory and composition under John Esputa and George Felix Benkert. His father enlisted him in the United States Marine Band as an apprentice in 1868. He left the band in 1875 and learned to conduct. From 1880 until his death, he focused exclusively on conducting and writing music. He eventually rejoined the Marine Band and served there for 12 years as director, after which he organized his own band. Sousa aided in the development of the sousaphone, a large brass instrument similar to the helicon and tuba.

Upon the outbreak of World War I, Sousa was awarded a wartime commission of lieutenant commander to lead the Naval Reserve Band in Illinois. He then returned to conduct the Sousa Band until his death in 1932. (In the 1920s, he was promoted to the permanent rank of lieutenant commander in the naval reserve, but he never saw active service again.)

Birth and Death Data: Born November 6th, 1854 (Washington, D.C.), Died March 6th, 1932 (Reading)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, conductor, director

Recordings (Results 201-225 of 676 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor A-249 7-in. 8/11/1903 Largo Sousa's Band Band, with cornet solo arranger  
Victor A-253 7-in. 8/12/1903 Andrea Chénier : Selections Sousa's Band Band arranger  
Victor B-253 10-in. 8/12/1903 Andrea Chénier : Selections Sousa's Band Band arranger  
Victor C-253 12-in. 8/12/1903 Andrea Chénier : Selections Sousa's Band Band arranger  
Victor A-256 7-in. 8/13/1903 Liberty Bell march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-256 10-in. 8/13/1903 Liberty Bell march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor D-256 14-in. 10/26/1905 Liberty Bell march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-256 8-in. 4/9/1906 Liberty Bell march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-259 7-in. 8/13/1903 The lily bells Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-259 10-in. 8/13/1903 The lily bells Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-260 7-in. 8/13/1903 Coquette Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-260 10-in. 8/13/1903 Coquette Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-261 7-in. 8/13/1903 Summer girl Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-261 10-in. 8/13/1903 Summer girl Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-262 7-in. 8/13/1903 Dancing girl Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-262 10-in. 8/13/1903 Dancing girl Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-268 7-in. 8/14/1903 In the realm of the waltz Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-268 10-in. 8/14/1903 In the realm of the waltz Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-303 7-in. 8/17/1903 The King of France march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-303 10-in. 8/17/1903 The King of France march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-304 7-in. 8/17/1903 I too was born in Arcadia Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-304 10-in. 8/17/1903 I too was born in Arcadia Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-306 7-in. 8/18/1903 The invincible eagle march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-306 10-in. 8/18/1903 Invincible eagle march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor E-306 8-in. 4/12/1906 The invincible eagle march Sousa's Band Band composer  
(Results 201-225 of 676 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sousa, John Philip," accessed December 1, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.

Sousa, John Philip. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569.

"Sousa, John Philip." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 1 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102569

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