American Patrol (1885)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: F.W. Meacham Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 610
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Length: approx. 4¾ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor is doubled
American Patrol is a bright-and-breezy programmatic march played the world over by all manner of bands, orchestras and ensembles. The piece describes the approach of a brass band pianissimo (pppp) with its gradual arrival that climaxes in a fortissimo (fff) quotation of the patriotic hymn Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean. It then winds down returning to the march tune that fades decrescendo all the way down to pianissimo (ppppp). The final bar is cryptically scored Gone!
Great stuff indeed! American Patrol was recorded on a two-minute Edison cylinder in 1903 becoming one of the first recorded hits. Predictably the march was used in both world wars for propaganda/patriotic purposes. The Glenn Miller Orchestra revived it during the World war II as a jitterbug march so successfully that the names of both remain inextricably linked.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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