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The Stars and Stripes Forever (extract)

(part of Gibbons' note for note reconstruction of Horowitz's famous 1951 Carnegie Hall recording)

Performance copyright Jack Gibbons 2004


In 1945 the Russian/American pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed for the first time his 'scoring' of Sousa's march The Stars and Stripes Forever. Horowitz made his arrangement both to celebrate the allied victory at the end of World War II and to thank the US for his recently acquired US citizenship. Horowitz recorded his arrangement three times (twice live and once in the studio). In 1999 Jack Gibbons transcribed Horowitz's arrangement note-for-note by ear from the pianist's 1951 recording and has since performed this arrangement at his own concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York (in 2000 and 2001) and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (in 2000, 2002 and 2003) and elsewhere.

Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Horowitz

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