The High School Cadets

By: John P. Sousa
For: String quartet
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John P. Sousa
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
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American bandmaster and composer John Philip Sousa did more than anyone to elevate the status of the military wind band through creation and performance. Sousa's boyhood coincided with the American Civil War. The sounds of military bands were constantly in the air. His first musical training was on the violin, and his father instructed him on several wind instruments. At 13 the lure of a visiting circus was a powerful incentive for the boy to join up as a musician; however, his astute father, himself a bandsman, caught wind of the lad's intention and procured an apprenticeship in the Marine Corps Band for his son. It proved to be a happy move for all involved. The young musician sharpened his skills in that musical organization called the "President's own." He composed his first march, ?Salutation?, at 16.

At 18, Sousa began to play violin in various theater orchestras. In 1880, Sousa was appointed leader of the Marine Corps Band, which he would serve for 12 years, under five presidents. He now began to hit his stride with his own marches, turning out such classics as ?Semper Fidelis?, ?The Washington Post?, ?The Thunderer?, and ?The High School Cadets?. In 1892 Sousa, resigning his position with the Marine Corps, organized his own band, known simply as ?Sousa's Band?. Through national, European, and world tours, the band's success was nothing short of a phenomenon, Sousa receiving many honors and decorations from the royal families of Great Britain and Europe.

He continued turning out his series of comic operas, including the highly successful ?El Capitan? (1895). From his pen flowed songs, symphonic poems, and more marches, this period seeing ?The Liberty Bell? (1893), ?King Cotton? (1895), ?Hands Across the Sea? (1899) and, most notably, ?The Stars and Stripes Forever? (1897).

Among his many achievements was his being a founder of ASCAP. He also helped develop the Sousaphone, a large tuba which features in parade bands. Ultimately, his compositions are his monument. But particularly it is the marches which endure. Sousa was not afraid to invest his marches with beautiful melody and unusual harmonies, placing them above being merely parade music. Sousa continued to explore within his chosen field until the end and many from his final decade such as The Gridiron Club and Sesquicentennial Exposition are remarkable for their inventiveness and vitality. The composer himself mused upon what constitutes the perfect march, stating that "it should make a man with a wooden leg step out." In virtually all of his creations in this field, Sousa passed this standard with flying colors.

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The Nutcracker - Overture, Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", El Capitan, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Symphony No.40 - 4. Allegro assai, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.7, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, The Barber of Seville - Overture, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Pavane, Op.50, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Swan Lake - Dance of the Cygnets, Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", Once in Royal David's City, La Marseillaise, Unto Us A Child Is Born, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Silent Night, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, The Amazon Rag, Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Who Let The Cows Out?, Birthday Minuet, Habanera from "Carmen", Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Symphony No.25 - 3. Menuetto, Habanera from "Carmen", Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, Bethena - A Concert Waltz, The Gladiator March, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Trio No.1, The Coventry Carol, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Chanson de Matin, Gradual, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Slavonic Dance, Op.72 No.2, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Espana - 2. Tango, Symphony No.29 - 1. Allegro moderato, Trio No.3, Lullaby, The Blue Danube Waltzes, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, The Holly And The Ivy, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, Roses From The South, O come, O come, Emmanuel, The Washington Post March, I Saw Three Ships, Tales From The Vienna Woods, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, The Sleeping Beauty - Waltz, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 2. Affettuoso, Gymnopedie No.1, Wine, Women and Song, Maple Leaf Rag, The Liberty Bell March, Symphony No.29 - 2. Andante, O Christmas Tree, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, Angels We Have Heard On High, Suite Bergamasque - No.3 Clair de Lune, Le Coucou, The Marriage of Figaro - Overture, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro, Trombone Johnsen, In Dulci Jubilo, Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, The Flight of the Bumble Bee, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, O Holy Night, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), Serenade No.10 , We Three Kings, Away In A Manger, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, The Entertainer, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 2. Menuetto; Trio 1; Trio 2, The Ragtime Dance, Symphony No.25 - 2. Andante, William Tell - Overture, Auld Lang Syne, Policy King, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Piano Sonata in A "Alla Turca" - 3. Rondo, Emperor Waltz, Deck The Halls, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13 Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks), Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, Artist's Life Waltz, Berceuse, Op.16, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto and Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8

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