Sousa Suite #2
Arranged by John Philip Sousa
Edited 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. Since these pieces are so compact, the performer must project the character of each section of music immediately.
I. Down Where the Daisies Grow (Thomas P. Westendorf)
II. The Sorcerer (Arthur Sullivan)
III. Carmen Match (Georges Bizet)