Stars and Stripes Forever

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Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, title page 1897

Stars and Stripes Forever (German title: Under the Stars and Stripes ) is an American military march that was composed in 1896 by John Philip Sousa . There is an original recording from 1897 with the composer as conductor .

The piece was declared the American National March on December 11, 1987 by US President Ronald Reagan by decision of Congress. Due to its cultural and historical significance for the United States, the first recording of Stars and Stripes Forever , published by Berliner Gramophone , was entered into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress on January 27, 2003 .

In Germany, the march became known through advertising for the cleaning agent “Der General” and the drinking song We drink the foaming beer by Die 3 Besoffskis . The pianist Vladimir Horowitz transcribed the piece for piano . In American variety theaters and circuses , this piece is never played in regular operation, as it is used as a sign to alert the staff if an evacuation is necessary.

Audio samples

Photo taken in 1909
Modern recording (excerpt)

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Stars and Stripes Forever - The Library of Congress Memory
  2. The Stars and Stripes Forever! (lyrics by John Philip Sousa)
  3. ^ Cornell Law School
  4. ^ Stars and Stripes Forever in the National Recording Registry. Retrieved August 10, 2017 .
  5. Klaus Schmeh: Messages with a double bottom ( Memento from March 3, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), March 1, 2009 (at the bottom of the text)
  6. Regimental Band of the USMMA, Kings Point (audio samples under "Sounds")

Web links

Commons : Stars and Stripes Forever  - collection of images, videos and audio files