Friday 30 July 2021
Tune of the Day: The Pathfinder of Panama
by John Philip Sousa, transcribed for solo flute
One of twelve marches Sousa composed for various expositions or fairs, “The Pathfinder of Panama” was dedicated to the Panama Canal and the Panama-Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. The march was composed at the request of Walter Anthony, a reporter for the San Francisco Call. The newly-constructed Panama Canal was the pathfinder of the title; it shortened the ocean voyage between San Francisco and New York by 8,000 miles.
Thanks to Elan for suggesting this piece!