Sheet Music: Barnum and Bailey's Favorite

TitleBarnum and Bailey's Favorite
ComposerKarl L. King (1891–1971)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA-flat major
Time signature2/2
Tempo138 BPM
Performance time2:30
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-02-03
Last updated2010-02-03
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Circus music, Marches


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Thursday 29 April 2010

Tune of the Day: Barnum and Bailey's Favorite

by Karl L. King

Karl King's best-known composition has to be “Barnum and Bailey's Favorite”. King wrote this march for the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band in 1913, at the request of the director. King was twenty-two at the time, and was preparing to join the band as a euphonium player.

The use of the word “favorite” in the title proved quite appropriate: a 1980 international music survey ranked this march fourth in the top 140 marches.