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Davide Delle Cese/ed. John Bourgeois

Inglesina , originally L'Inglesina (The Little English Girl) , was written in 1871. A concert march or marcia sinfonica, it is composed in a more flexible form than the standard military march. Its phrases and sections are often asymmetrical. Various elements are reintroduced to create dramatic effect, along with sudden dynamic shifts and wide-ranging expressiveness. This piece is an important part of the march repertoire, particularly as an example of the late nineteenth-century, Italian concert march style. This edition by John Bourgeois, former director of the United States Marine Band, brings new excitement and freshness to the original European classic.

Composer Davide Delle Cese (1856–1938) was an Italian band leader, composer and teacher. He received initial musical instruction from his godfather, a theater conductor in Rome, and formal musical training at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples. By the age of 26, at the direction of the Italian War Office, he had scored for wind band all known national anthems. Following military service, he led bands in Pontecorvo, Venice, and San Leo, finally settling in the port of Bitonto where he became resident bandmaster. He wrote more than 35 pieces for band including 13 marches, lyric works, waltzes, and mazurkas.

Last updated on March 25, 2016 by Palatine Concert Band