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.