Sousa Suite #1
Arranged for Piccolo and Piano by Laurence Trott
We know John Philip Sousa best as a great composer of marches, but he wrote many kinds of music, including operettas, orchestra suites, songs, waltzed and a symphonic poem. He also wrote five novels and an autobiography.
Sousa began his professional career playing the violin in theatre and dance orchestras. It was during this time that he arranged some of the most popular music of the day for violin and piano.
The title of Sousa's collection, Evening Pastime, suggests both the purpose of the music and how to approach it. This is pleasing, unpretentious music. In the two Fantasias, play the themes in a simple way but with sentiment. Take time in the small cadenzas. Since these pieces are so compact, the performer must project the character of each section of music immediately. Take full advantage of the chance to vary the sound and dynamics of the piccolo from a gentle pianissimo in the final strain of “Resumption March.” Feel free to play each piece separately.
I'll Be Waiting for You at the Gate
I Kissed You in a Dream
The Resumption March