Sheet Music: Madison's March

TitleMadison's March
Alternate titlesPresident Madison's March
ComposerAlexander Reinagle (1756–1809)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo90 BPM
Performance time2:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-03-08
Last updated2010-03-08
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Monday 8 March 2010

Tune of the Day: President Madison's March

by Alexander Reinagle

Alexander Reinagle was born in Portsmouth, England, but in 1786, at the age of 30, he settled in New York and began teaching music. He soon moved to Philadelphia, where he revitalized concert music and became a popular musician. Reinagle demonstrated his patriotism for his adopted country by composing several works based on American scenes and patriots. He is even thought to have taught George Washington's adopted daughter.

In 1802 Reinagle wrote “Madison's March” to honor of James Madison, then Secretary of State. In 1809, Madison became the fourth president of the United States, and he was the first president to host an official inaugural ball. When he and his wife, Dolley, entered the ballroom filled with over 400 guests, the band played “President Madison's March”.

Thanks to Maddie for suggesting this piece!