John Philip Sousa, composer
John Philip Sousa was the composer of fifteen operettas, of which the
best known is El Capitan.
This march appears in the second act performed by a male chorus.
Produced in 1896, the opera concerns a Peruvian viceroy of the sixteenth
century who disguises himself as a notorious bandit to thicken the plot.
In 1899, Sousa increased his band to more than a hundred musicians for
Admiral Dewey’s victory parade and this march was used to salute the
returning Spanish-American War veterans.
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