|Composer||Sousa, John Philip||
|Style||Concert Piece, Polonaise||Location||Marshall's Band Library|
Composed in 1886 "Toward the end of his term, President Arthur engaged Sousa in conversation concerning the suitability of the presidential salutation 'Hail to the Chief.' When Sousa revealed that it was actually an old Scotch boating song, Arthur instructed him to replace it with a more suitable composition. Sousa's replacement consisted of two pieces, 'Presidential Polonaise' and the march 'Semper Fidelis' (1888). 'Presidential Polonaise' was used for state affairs at the White House. Curiously, Sousa's band score is entitled 'In Echelon Polonaise.'" "The Works of John Philip Sousa" pg. 130 Paul E. Bierley Integrity Press 1984
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