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Making the March KingJohn Philip Sousa's Washington Years, 1854-1893$
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Patrick Warfield

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037795

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037795.001.0001

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The Centennial City

The Centennial City

(p.67) Chapter Four The Centennial City
Making the March King

Patrick Warfield

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses John Philip Sousa's move from Washington to Philadelphia to prove himself as a violinist, arranger, and composer. Following his tours with Nobles, he “decided to go to Philadelphia and see the Centennial. It was a big event in the life of any young American and I believe the first event of its kind that the country had ever had.” It was in the Centennial City that Sousa earned his stripes writing songs and stage works, and it was also in Philadelphia that he began to plot a return to the capital. By the time he left Philadelphia in 1880, Sousa had orchestrated several complete operettas.

Keywords:   Philadelphia, Centennial City, stage works, operettas

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