Transit of Venus March

Title

Transit of Venus March

Description

John Philip Sousa wrote this march in 1883 for the unveiling of the statue of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, on April 19, 1883. At that event, the piece was played by the Marine Band, directed by Sousa. The sheet music was lost for over 100 years, until a copy was found in the Library of Congress. This recording features the Virginia Grand Military Band.

Source

Date

1883

Coverage

Duration

30 seconds

Description

John Philip Sousa wrote this march in 1883 for the unveiling of the statue of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, on April 19, 1883. At that event, the piece was played by the Marine Band, directed by Sousa. The sheet music was lost for over 100 years, until a copy was found in the Library of Congress. This recording features the Virginia Grand Military Band.

Creator

John Philip Sousa

Date

1883

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Library of Congress. Listen to full recording. View sheet music.