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

The March King

John Phillip Sousa
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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