July 4 ~ Daily Listening Assignment

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS

 

Today is a great day for patriotic music and there's nothing better than John Philip Sousa’sStars and Stripes Forever

A part of every Fourth of July program at the Esplanade in Boston involves a giant American flag unfurling from the ceiling during the Stars and Stripes.  Can you find it?

Piano arrangement by Vladimir Horowitz:



With Horowitz playing:



Marching band:



The Muppets version of Stars and Stripes forever



The animated graphical score:



The Band of the Grenadier Guards



The same melody can be heard with these words:


John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever is never part of a regular circus program. It is reserved for emergency use – sometimes called the “Disaster March”. If a major problem happens — an animal gets loose, a high wind threatens the tent, or a fire breaks out — the band plays the march as a warning signal to every worker on the circus lot that something is wrong.

Find piano arrangements of the Stars and Stripes Forever in Movement 2

Closing out today, enjoy The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E♭ major, Op. 49, popularly known as the 1812 Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky