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Title Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty
Composer Sousa, John Philip Marshall’s
Civic Band
Topeka, KS
Est’d 1884
Number M-207
Type CB
Date 1900
Key Eb
Arranger None John B. Marshall Length 0.00
Publisher John Church Vocal No
Association   Grade/Difficulty ?/?
Last Performed Unknown
Manuscript No
Style March Location Marshall's Band Library
Cataloger Perry Hartman
Date Cataloged 07/01/1993
Notes
Composed in 1900. "It was with great pride that Sousa and his band represented 
the United States at the Paris Exposition of 1900. This was the first overseas 
tour of the band, and it was received throughout Europe with enthusiasm. The 
band displayed the finest American musicianship Europe had seen and helped 
dispel the notion that the United States was an artistic void. 
    "A statue of George Washington was unveiled on July 2, but the highlight of 
the Paris engagement was the unveiling of the Lafayette Monument on July 4. It 
was presented on behalf of the children of the United States by Ferdinand W. 
Peck, commissioner general of the Paris Exposition, as President Loubet of 
France looked on. The monument portrayed Lafayette on horseback offering his 
sword to the American cause in the Revolutionary War and was draped with a huge 
American flag. At the unveiling the Sousa Band gave the first performance of the 
march composed specifically for that monument: 'Hail to the Spirit of Liberty.' 
Immediately after the ceremony, the band made one of its rare appearances in a 
parade as it marched through the main streets of Paris. 
    "Certain sections of the march evidently were taken from an unidentified 
earlier operetta and revised, because in 1964 fragments which were probably 
meant to be discarded were found in a stack of manuscripts at the Sands Point 
estate. The march was so successful that it is difficult to reconcile a story 
often told by Sousa's daughter Priscilla; she said that her father had entered 
the march in a contest shortly before it was published, and that the contest had 
been won an an 'unknown' composer whose march was promptly forgotten." 
 
The Works of John Philip Sousa 
pgs. 59-60 
Paul E. Bierley 
Integrity Press 
1984 
      
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