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The musical “Galop” used in Circus Performances

The French spelling is “GALOP” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “In dance, the galop, named after the fastest running gait of a horse (see gallop), a shortened version of the original term galoppade, is a lively country dance, introduced in … Continue reading

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New Circus Movie Promises to be a Smash Hit!

“Water for Elephants” is going to be one of the best movies of the year.  It makes its debut on April 22, 2011 at your local theater.  It stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. The story takes place in a … Continue reading

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The Circus March

Anyone who looks through the library listed on the Center Ring Circus Band website will notice that the music is divided into categories, or “styles” of compositions.  You may also notice that the “style” with the greatest number of compositions … Continue reading

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What Defines Circus Music?

To begin to answer the question, “What defines circus music?”, it would take more speculation as well as some argument as to how the elements for the form and function of each piece of music were applied to circus acts, … Continue reading

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Features of Our Musical Arrangements.

When arranging music from Circus productions, care must be taken to remain authentic to the composer’s intent.  Circus music repertoire includes not just the marches that most people first recognize as associated with circus productions, but waltzes, galops, show tunes, … Continue reading

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Newspaper, Circus Man Led A Big-Top Life

October 17, 2010 Chicago Tribune, by George Hesselberg “Madison, WI – A man who owns a circus and newspaper might be wary of the potential for exaggeration in an obituary. So he would write his own. But a true account … Continue reading

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October 2010 Circus Arrangements

October 2010 – Four New Circus Arrangements are now available. It’s that time of the year when the tented circuses are getting ready to end their seasons and move into winter quarters.  But the indoor shows continue to perform.  In … Continue reading

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