El Capitan (1896)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: J.P. Sousa Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1325
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Length: approx. 2 ¾ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
El Capitan, one of Sousa's most enduring and popular pieces, is a bright march taken from the operetta of the same name. Its form is AABBCCDD with a 4-bar introduction and a 6-bar passage between the CC and DD strains. The AABB strains are in the key of C-major with a time signature of 6/8 whilst the CCDD strains' key and time signature are F-major and 2/4 respectively. A lovely touch which surely keeps the performers on their toes. The treble voice has the melody from start to finish with some high-key phrases up to A and the other voices have plenty to do. The 2nd tenor has a fair bit of bar-counting to do but could be usefully occupied in helping out the bass - in bars 69-72 for example. Splendid stuff!
El Capitan was published by John Church, Jr. Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 160 crotchets/min. is suggested. There is also a trio version of this item.

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