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Notes on Music
Fri November 22, 2013
The March King
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!