JOHN PHILIP "THE MARCH KING" SOUSA - AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION SIGNED 1906 - HFSID 27368
Sale Price $850.00
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA
John Philip Sousa signs and writes four bars of music titled "The Free-Lance".
Autograph Musical Quotation signed: "John Philip Sousa/1906" on verso of 3x1½ card imprinted with his name. Above his signature, Sousa has written four bars of music, titling them: "The Free-Lance". Sousa penned "The Free-Lance" march, adapted from his 1905 operetta of the same name, in 1906. The march, taken from the thematic song, "On To Victory", is considered by many to rank with "The Stars and Stripes Forever". Appointed leader of the U.S. Marine Band in 1880, John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) resigned 12 years later to form his own band. Sousa's Band achieved great popularity on its tours of the U.S. and Europe, largely due to the rousing marches Sousa had composed, including "Semper Fidelis" (1897), "Washington Post March" (1889) and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (1897). Sousa, who also composed 11 comic operas and two symphonic poems, also invented the sousaphone and wrote books. His autobiography, Marching Along, was published in 1928. Lightly soiled, touching bars of music. Mounting remnants on verso (light show through). Overall, fine condition.
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