Wednesday 27 February 2019
Tune of the Day: March in the Cataract of the Ganges
arranged for three flutes
The renowned Philadelphia musician Francis Johnson composed this march for Joseph Cowell's 1824 revival of the melodrama The Cataract of the Ganges, or the Rajah's Daughter. A virtuoso of the keyed bugle and the violin, Johnson is remembered as the first African American to give public concerts, and as the first African American composer to have his works published as sheet music.
The present arrangement for three flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.