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From 1901, John Philip Sousa's Hail to the Spirit of Liberty, performed by the Peerless Orchestra.

Hail to the Spirit of Liberty

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 7674
Category Orchestra
Title Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
Performed by Peerless Orchestra
Circa January 1901
Announcement "Hail to the Spirit of Liberty March, played by the Peerless Orchestra.  Edison record."

Enjoy this early recording of Sousa's march (written in 1900).   It carries the brash sound, typical of this period, of a cylinder copied pantographically from a master record.

To hear Hail to the Spirit of Liberty  

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Interested in hearing other wax cylinder recordings of works by Sousa?

Key Title Category Performed by Circa
10/1998 El Capitan March Medley Orchestra Issler's Orchestra 1900
03/2009 King Cotton March Band Baldwin's Cadet Band 1896
02/1997 Liberty Bell March Band Edison Concert Band 1897
07/2009 Stars and Stripes Forever March Band 71st Regiment Band 1897-1898
07/1997 Stars and Stripes Forever March Banjo solo Ruby Brooks 1902
07/2002 Stars and Stripes Forever March Band Sousa's Band 1901
10/2010 Tarantella from The Bride Elect Orchestra Edison Grand Symphony Orchestra 1898


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