John Phillips Sousa, United States, Naomi Lewin discussed on Classics for Kids
Hello, welcome to classics for kids. I'm Naomi Lewin only one piece of music has been declared. The official March of the United States honoured on a postage stamp and engraved on John Philip Sousa's tombstone. Sousa wrote the stars and stripes forever down on paper on Christmas day, eighteen ninety six, but he actually composed the March all of it in his head. I while Sousa was on vacation in Europe. He heard that back in the states, his business manager, the man who organized all his band tours had died. So Sousa caught the next ship home to America. The moment he got on board Souza's started hearing a band in his head playing a March. As soon as the ship docked sues went to his hotel and wrote down that March. He named it the stars and stripes forever after the American flag. He was so glad to see when he got home. There's a very particular form that most marches follow. They start with an introduction to set the tempo, let you know how fast the pieces going. Then comes the first strain strain is the March word for a theme or melody. The first strain is usually full of energy, and it usually gets repeated for the second strain of a March. The mood changes, the tempo or speed stays the same because you're not going to change the speed at which your marching. But the melody is different. It would be logical. Think that after the second strain comes third strain. But the next section of marches called the trio with the trio, the mood changes again in the stars and stripes forever. The trio is the big hit tune of the peace. In most marches, the fourth strain comes right after the trio around things out, but John Phillips Sousa through in some wonderful extras before the end of the stars and stripes forever. Starting with this great battle between the trombones and the trumpets. Then there's a repeat of the trio the hit tune, but with the difference this time, the Piccolo have joined in here them way up high. Sousa even made up a whole story to go with the different melodies in this March. He said that the hid Kyun in the trio's stood for the northern part of the United States, the Piccolo where the south and the rowdy trombones, where the wild west Sousa made all the tunes fit together beautifully at the end. As a conductor, John Phillips Sousa, and you had a put on a good show. So he also wrote a whole set of instructions for how bands should perform the stars and stripes forever. By the end of the peace, Piccolo trumpets and trombones have all gotten up from their seats and March to the front of the stage playing straight to the audience also wrote words to the whole March. You can find them on the classics for kids web page, but you may already know some words for this March that Sousa didn't write be kind to your web footed friends. Allred duck may be some buddies. Mom be kind to your friends in the swamp where the weather is very, very, Dan. Now you may think that this is the end? Well, it is. Circuses don't go for the Duckie words, but they do have an interesting use for the stars and stripes forever. It's their disaster signal when something goes terribly wrong during a circus performance. The band starts playing the stars and stripes forever that let's all the circus people know that they need to get themselves and the audience out of the tent as fast as possible. The stars and stripes forever wasn't John Philip Sousa's personal favorite, but it is most people's favourite Sousa March next week on classics for kids. United States, military bands. I may OMI Lewin. I write classics for kids and produce it with Tim Linter at WG, UC Cincinnati. Please join me for American military bands next time on classics for kids.