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This treatise provides information about the clarinetists of the John Philip Sousa Band: 1892-1931. The study focuses on the clarinetists who were featured as soloists with the band and the music they performed. Between 1892 and 1929, nine different clarinetists soloed with the Sousa Band, including C.L. Staats, Gustave August Stengler, Joseph Lacalle, William Foerster, Otto Fritzsche, Joseph Norrito, Louis Christie, Roy Schmidt, and Edmund C. Wall. Other clarinetists who played important roles with the Sousa Band were also investigated, including those who transcribed and arranged music, those who played auxiliary clarinets, and those who performed with other prestigious ensembles or participated in early recording sessions. The fluctuation of instrumentation in Sousa's clarinet section was examined throughout this period, including changes in the number of auxiliary clarinets employed and which clarinetists doubled on other instruments in the band.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Frank Kowalsky, Professor Directing Treatise; Seth Beckman, Outside Committee Member; Deborah Bish, Committee Member; Jeff Keesecker, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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