"The Stars and Stripes Forever" is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the magnum opus of composer John Philip Sousa. By act of Congress, it is the National March of the United States of America. In his autobiography, Marching Along, Sousa told how he composed it on Christmas Day 1896. He had just learned of the recent death of David Blakely, then manager of the Sousa Band. Sousa was on a ferry in Europe at the time, and he composed the march in his head. He committed the notes to paper on arrival in America. Although he would conduct performances of it at virtually every concert until his death, only one recording, made in 1909, survives today. Horowitz made a piano transcription of this famous march which Wui-Ming Gan based his transcription which is recorded below.
|The stars and stripes forever, Piano Transcription by Gan and Horowitz