Sheet Music: The Liberty Bell

TitleThe Liberty Bell
ComposerJohn Philip Sousa (1854–1932)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
RangeF4–F6
Time signature6/8
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2013-06-20
Last updated2013-06-20
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Categories
Marches, Military music, Patriotic

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Thursday 20 June 2013

Tune of the Day: The Liberty Bell March

by John Philip Sousa, transcribed for solo flute

John Philip Sousa composed this military march in 1893. It was originally written for Sousa's unfinished operetta The Devil's Deputy, but financing for the show fell through. Shortly afterwards, Sousa and his band manager George Hinton attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. As they watched the spectacle “America”, in which a backdrop depicting the Liberty Bell was lowered, Hinton suggested “The Liberty Bell” as the title of Sousa's recently completed piece.

The march is now most often associated with the British TV comedy program Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74), which used the piece as a signature tune.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this piece!