Foreword by Frederick Fennell
Introduction by Jon Newsom
“We Americans are not the most demonstrative kind of people, yet when it comes to the Stars and Stripes, we are. If one were a composer, one would love to have been able to write just one piece that has the elements that are in every bar of this march.” —Frederick Fennell, in the Foreword
This beautiful, full-format Library of Congress edition contains facsimiles of the three autograph editions of Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, providing unparalleled access to the creative process of a true musical genius.
After restoration by paper conservators in the Library, the score revealed details that had been hidden by the laminate covering, insights any band director would love to explore.
Maestro Frederick Fennell writes a brief analysis of the march; Jon Newsom, Chief of the Music Division of the Library of Congress, provides perspective on the history and preservation of the work; and James R. Smart uncovers the genesis of the march.
A true musical treasure!