Notes on Music
2:08 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

The March King

John Phillip Sousa

John Philip Sousa, the “March King”, was no teetotaler. 

In 1923, during the height of America’s temperance movement, he wrote a suite for ballet entitled People Who Live in Glass Houses, which included a movement entitled “Scotch, Irish, Bourbon and Rye.”  Dancers were outfitted in large bottles symbolizing the various drinks. 

Hey, John, I’ll drink to that!

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