The following is a guest post by Senior Music Specialist Loras John Schissel.
Studio portrait of Sousa, about 1905. Christopher Dodrill – John Philip Sousa Papers, Music Division, Library of Congress.
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a collection of rare John Philip Sousa materials donated by the well-known educator and Sousa researcher Christopher Dodrill. The collection includes many first editions of Sousa’s marches and concert works in mint condition. Researchers and Sousa enthusiasts will also find many rare European editions of Sousa’s works—published in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, etc. Of particular note, Sousa’s elusive song “Lonely” (published in 1877 with words by Jefferson H. Nones) will now become part of the Music Division’s extensive holdings of Sousa’s compositions.
John Philip Sousa IV, great-grandson of the composer, was delighted with this new acquisition. “It is through the kindness and generosity of people such as Mr. Dodrill, that the Library of Congress has become the great repository of my great-grandfather’s work. Mr. Dodrill is a great friend of both Sousa and of our family. We thank him for making this great collection available to all.”
The collection has been fully processed and a searchable finding aid will be on-line shortly. Those wishing to view materials related to the life and work of Sousa may visit our website.
Lonely. Music by John Philip Sousa. Words by Jefferson H. Nones. 1877. J. M. Stoddart & Co. Christopher Dodrill-John Philip Sousa Papers, Music Division, Library of Congress.
The Stars and Stripes Forever March. Arranged for saxophone and piano by Bob Haring. 1928. Irving Berlin Standard Music Corp. Christopher Dodrill – John Philip Sousa Papers, Music Division, Library of Congress.
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