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Sousa: Marches / Timothy Foley, Reat American Main Street Band


Release Date: 11/22/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 41122   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For anyone wanting just a single disc of Sousa it might well be just right.

Many composers have excelled in writing marches - Alford, Coates, Fuçik and Texidor to name a few. None however had quite the same ability to impel the listener to physical activity that Sousa had. I imagine I am far from alone in looking forward to each new release in what I hope will eventually be a complete edition from Naxos. They have all been splendidly played and presented but there must be room for more than one version of these little masterpieces, and this disc is at least as good as the Naxos versions in terms both of performance and recording. I have never come across the Great American Main Street Band before but this is
Read more clearly my loss as they play with just the right degree of panache and loose-limbed swagger that the music needs. The term “American Classics” has been overused by several recording companies to include several works which could never realistically be described in those terms but the music on this disc does wholly deserve it, especially in performances of this quality.

Inevitably most of it consists of marches. Most of the best known are here along with a few less familiar such as “Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company” and “Who’s who in Navy Blue”. Specialists in Gilbert and Sullivan will have to have it because of the “Mikado March”, similar to Komzak’s “Barataria March” in its use of G&S melodies to form a march. In addition to the marches the disc includes several short bugle and drum pieces. Amazingly given the limitations of the medium these are actually worth hearing … if not too often. There is also a Tango - the least erotic I have come across, a Polonaise, a set of Valses and a “Dance Hilarious” - a kind of impression of ragtime as seen by an outsider. None of these really match the sheer genius of the marches but they are entertaining and help to break up what might otherwise become a predictable set of pieces. None of the Suites or other longer items that Naxos have are included here but it is nonetheless a disc that can be listened to straight through with enjoyment.

All in all this is an essential addition to the Naxos series for the enthusiast, and for anyone wanting just a single disc of Sousa it might well be just right. The notes are brief but helpful. One point they do not discuss is one that has long puzzled me. Most European marches are in an ABA form but Sousa’s are simply AB (although sometimes European editions include a spurious da capo marking). Why is this?

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International


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Works on This Recording

1.
Gallant and Gay We'll March Away by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Pathfinder of Panama by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Gladiator March by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Gliding Girl by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Foshay Tower Washington Memorial by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Who's Who in Navy Blue by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
King Cotton by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Presidential Polonaise by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10.
Liberty Bell by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
With Steady Step by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Sabre and Spurs by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14.
La Reine de la Mer by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15.
Mikado March by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
16.
George Washington Bicentennial by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
17.
Manhattan Beach by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
18.
With Pleasure by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
19.
Fairest of the Fair by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
20.
Here's to your Health, Sir! by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
21.
Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; USA 
Venue:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
22.
El Capitan (march) by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Timothy Foley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 

Sound Samples

Gallant and Gay We'll March Away / Let's Hurrah!
The Pathfinder of Panama
El Capitan
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
The Gladiator
The Gliding Girl (Tango)
Foshay Tower Washington Memorial
Who's Who In Navy Blue
King Cotton
The Presidential Pofonaise
The Liberty Bell
With Steady Step
The Stars And Stripes Forever!
Sabre and Spurs
La Reine de la Mer (Vaises)
Mikado March
George Washington Bicentennial
Manhattan Beach
With Pleasure (Dance Hilarious)
The Fairest of the Fair
Here's To Your Health, Sir!
The Washington Post

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