John Philip Sousa

Category: Music - Classical
Status: Available
Ref: 2969
Price: £350.00
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John Philip Sousa
Great American composer and conductor, known particularly for his military and patriotic marches; famous as “The March King".

Sousa’s professional career began as a violinist in travelling orchestras, but his first fame came as the leader of the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 until 1892. Sousa composed the official song of the Marine Corps, "Semper Fidelis" at the request of President Chester A. Arthur (who was looking for a song to replace "Hail to the Chief," or so the story goes). In 1892 he started a civilian band that became internationally famous and hugely popular (in 1910 they toured the world). The band was known especially for marches that Sousa composed, notably "Stars and Stripes Forever," designated in 1987 as the National March of the United States.

Altogether, Sousa composed 136 military marches, including "The Washington Post" and  "The Liberty Bell". He also wrote successful operettas, including El Capitan (1896), and dozens of other works. In the 1890s he developed a type of bass tuba now known as the sousaphone.

This is a peachy early vintage German postcard, beautifully signed in blue fountain pen ink to a light area of the image, with Sousa adding the date, 1910. There's one tiny lower right corner crease (clearly visible on the scan), but this detracts little from the overall appeal of this stunning Sousa collectible and general condition must be rated very good.