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Stars and Stripes Forever by law the national March of the United States. The March is considered to be the magnum opus of the American composer John Philip Sousa.

Sousa composed the work in 1896 on board a ship that brought him to Europe . He brought the work performed at almost every concert he gave. There is one recording from 1909 -preserved which Sousa de mars itself conducts.

The mars is notorious at the piccoloplayers; in the middle is a virtuoso solo for the smallest instrument of the Orchestra.

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Sousa also wrote a text at the March, which, however, is less well known than the music:

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Let martial note in triumph float And liberty extend its mighty hand A flag appears ' mid thunderous cheers, The banner of the Western country. The emblem of the brave and true Its folds protect no tyrant crew; The red and white and starry blue Is freedom's shield and hope. Other nations may deem their flags the best And cheer them with fervid elation But the flag of the North and South and West Is the flag of flags, the flag of freedom's nation. Hurrah for the flag of the free! May it wave as our standard forever, The gem of the land and the sea, The banner of the right. Let despots remember the day When our fathers with mighty endeavor Self-proclaimed as they marched to the fray That by their might and by their right It waves forever. Let eagle shriek from lofty peak The never-ending watchword of our country; Let summer breeze waft through the trees The echo of the chorus grand. Sing out for liberty and light, Sing out for freedom and the right. Sing out for Union and its might, O patriotic sons. Other nations may deem their flags the best And cheer them with fervid elation, But the flag of the North and South and West Is the flag of flags, the flag of freedom's nation. Hurrah for the flag of the free. May it wave as our standard forever The gem of the land and the sea, The banner of the right. Let despots remember the day When our fathers with mighty endeavor Self-proclaimed as they marched to the fray, That by their might and by their right It waves forever.

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