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The Library of Congress March

I’m still wandering around in the cyberspace at the Library of Congress, and look what I found. The Library of Congress has its own march. How cool is that?

page 3 of original score fragments

“The Library of Congress March” was performed for the first time at the Library of Congress on May 6, 2003, at a special tribute to John W. Kluge, and in the presence of Sousa’s grandson, John Philip Sousa IV. Based on manuscript sketches and orchestrations from the Library’s John Philip Sousa Collection, this new work was reconstructed by Stephen Bulla, a leading American composer and arranger of concert band music, under the supervision of Sousa authority Loras John Schissel. It was the last work Sousa began and remained incomplete at the time of his death in 1932.

For the complete story, and it’s a good story, too—go here.
Listen to the U.S. Marine Band playing The Library of Congress March here. You can play it as an MP3 or use RealMedia.

If you are a musician, the complete score and more is here and can be downloaded as a PDF. I’m tempted to print it off and I can’t even read music anymore.

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