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Tune Req: Circus Music

John in Brisbane 04 May 99 - 02:00 AM
Steve Parkes 04 May 99 - 04:47 AM
Helen 04 May 99 - 05:13 AM
alison 04 May 99 - 05:39 AM
Helen 04 May 99 - 05:48 AM
Helen 04 May 99 - 06:16 AM
SeanM 04 May 99 - 11:42 AM
MMario 04 May 99 - 11:50 AM
reggie miles 04 May 99 - 01:07 PM
John in Brisbane 04 May 99 - 07:44 PM
John in Brisbane 05 May 99 - 12:18 AM
Bruce O. 05 May 99 - 05:31 PM
GUEST,greysilkie@juno.com 21 Jul 00 - 05:12 PM
MMario 25 Jul 00 - 09:15 AM
Mary in Kentucky 25 Jul 00 - 11:50 AM
Mary in Kentucky 25 Jul 00 - 11:54 AM
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GUEST,CarolC (a.k.a. greysilkie) 25 Jul 00 - 09:31 PM
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Subject: Circus Music
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 04 May 99 - 02:00 AM

As per another thread I started today I am also chasing Midis for Circus tunes. I have a number of them in my head, but no idea what they are named. Nothing too exotic here, just the usual tunes that when an audience hears the melody they are transported mentally under the Big Top. I am familiar with the Liberty Bell March (aka The Monty Python Theme) but would appreciate the names and composers of a couple of others please.

Regards
John


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 04 May 99 - 04:47 AM

Sousa wrote Liberty Bell, along with a lot of other good stuff. Scott Joplin was an admirer of Sousa, I believe. I've never been to an Australian circus (they're not very common in the UK!), so I can't suggest anything else.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Helen
Date: 04 May 99 - 05:13 AM

John,

I've tried to find a midi file of Jump at the Sun but so far my internet searches haven't turned anything up. I do have the sheet music so I can type it in if no one else has it, or knows where to find it. I can e-mail you the file or put it in here as a MidiText file. I don't think that it is specifcally circus music but it sounds very circus-y to me. It sounds really good on a piano accordion, but it's not easy to play on a button accordion, apparently.

Another one I have in the same book is called Puddleglum's Misery. Same story as above - no midi, but I can type it in.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: alison
Date: 04 May 99 - 05:39 AM

Hi,

El Cumbanchero........... used to be played for fire eaters/ acrobats etc..... will do you a MIDI if you like.

or

She flies through the air with the greatest of ease.... that daring young girl on the flying trapeze.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Helen
Date: 04 May 99 - 05:48 AM

Okay, John,

I've found a couple of things.

Midi file and gif file of Puddleglum's Misery. When you listen to the midi try to imagine it being played with a bit more swing to the rhythm, kind of like the Elephant's Walk, slower but also a bit more emphasis on the first note of each bar.

http://www.azstarnet.com/~azbird/music.htm

Then there is an ABC file of Jump at the Sun.

http://rigel.csuchico.edu/~pubscout/tunes/sun.html

JUMP AT THE SUN

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X:1 T:Jump at the Sun C:John Kilpatrick M:6/8 K:Dm L:1/8 DFA ^G2 A|DFA ^G2 A|dAA dAA|BAG FGE|\ DFA ^G2 A|DFA ^G2 A|dAA BAG|FGE D3 :| |: dAA def|eAA gfe|dAA def|eAA B2 A|\ dAA def|eAA gfe|dAA BAG|FGE D3 :|

Source 037 Opus Pocus John Kirkpatrick & Sue Harris

Or there is the Nottingham Database, with it's own format for writing out the tunes, similar but different to ABC.

http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/Department/Staff/ef/hpps.html

It looks like John Kirkpatrick wrote both these tunes. I know someone in our session group who has them in a book of fiddle tunes - I don't the name of it but there are some great tunes in it. I like all of Kirkpatrick's tunes in it but I can't remember what the other ones are called.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Helen
Date: 04 May 99 - 06:16 AM

Here's some more for you, John.

Alison,

I found the Midi of El Cumbanchero here
Blue clicky thingy1

CD list of circus music (no midis but you might get some ideas for tunes)
Clicky thingy2

circus music listed in the Miscellaneous file - I think it's the same as the Dumbo music - see next site address
Clicky thingy3

circus music from Dumbo - midi
Click y thingy4

Enjoy - they're fun Helen

PS - What *are* you up to? I notice that you also want Chinese Dragon Music.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: SeanM
Date: 04 May 99 - 11:42 AM

The big circus one is probably always going to be 'March of the Gladiators'... It's a traditional classical piece, and sorry, don't have the reference to find out who wrote it in front of me... A good 'exciting' number I've heard used repeatedly is the 'Saber Dance'.

M


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: MMario
Date: 04 May 99 - 11:50 AM

According to some circus history sites, the '12th Street Rag' was used to summon the clowns.

Brahms Hungarian Dances, (especially number 6) were popular circus music, according to the same sites.

'Stars and Stripes Forever' was a signal for "major disaster"

and the American Civil War piece "Loreena" is also suppossed to be a traditional circus number....

MMario


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: reggie miles
Date: 04 May 99 - 01:07 PM

Here's some circus stuff. It's not in any midi form that I'm aware of but it's out there available on 78 rpm records which is how I found it. There was a series of record sets that Capital records put out in the late 1940's that were based on the adventures of Bozo the clown. One set is called Bozo at the circus which has some wonderful circus melodies. I'm not sure where to send you to obtain copies of this but I know there are those with huge collections out there that do taping of old records. Or perhaps there may be reissues out there of this. I hope this helps. Reggie


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 04 May 99 - 07:44 PM

Thanks to all you marvellous people for the information provided. I'm still sifting through your suggestions - hopefully will have some time tonight, but thanks to you guys I now have a firm foothold for this event on Saturday.

Now to check the Chinese Dragon Dance thread!

Regards
John

PS Helen, I'm not being evasive but I've had to create 40 mins of people involvement after a major act cancelled at the last moment, so we'll have (1) Human Sculptures (2) Chinese Dragon Dance (3) An attempt at a World Record for participation in a circus event that I've yet to invent - but the music is the foundation.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 05 May 99 - 12:18 AM

Have now found The Gladiators at Kwest Productions (quite a good MIDI site) and in the process found that they have a small section of Circus and Carnival tunes. The Gladiators tune is a beauty and extremely well written and arranged. I must find out who the composer was.

Kwest also has a section devoted to'Midis' sequenced by Cakewalk, Band In A Box and Jammer (I think) if there are any readers who use these programs.

Many thanks,
John


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Bruce O.
Date: 05 May 99 - 05:31 PM

J. Watlen published in Edinburgh, 1791, a two volume collection entitled 'Circus Tunes'. There are also some tunes of the late 18th and early 19th century that were said to have come from Astley's Circus e.g., Astley's Hornpipe. I think there is a collection of circus music at the Circus World Museum, in Baraboo, Wisconsin, but their website says nothing about it.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: GUEST,greysilkie@juno.com
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 05:12 PM

I'm looking for sheet music for the circus, particularly the european circus. Does anyone know where I can look?


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: MMario
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 09:15 AM

greysilkie - A good start would be the sites and resources listed in the messages above


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 11:50 AM

The title is Entrance of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik and another midi is here.

Sabre Dance is here.

If you do a short skit, Spring Song by Mendelssohn is cute. midi here. Then this can be followed by the villain's song...don't know the name.

Good luck.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 11:54 AM

oops...Sabre Dance is here.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Stewie
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 08:08 PM

Here's a bit of trivia that may be of interest. The fiddle tune 'Rickett's Hornpipe' was written in honour of John Bill Ricketts, an English equestrian performer who brought his circus to America in 1792. Among other feats of agility, he danced hornpipes on the the back of a horse galloping around the arena. His student, John Durang, a great professional dancer, also had a hornpipe named after him, but that began life as a concert piece composed for Durang by Wilhelm Hoffmeister before becoming a standard in the repertoires of fiddlers across the country. [Information from Bill C. Malone 'Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers']

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: GUEST,CarolC (a.k.a. greysilkie)
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 09:31 PM

You guys are great. Thanks a lot.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: GUEST,Banjo Johnny
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 03:07 AM

Look for a march called Barnum & Bailey's Favorite -- very popular in the U.S.A., also the William Tell Overture. == Johnny in Oklahoma City


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: GUEST,diana ,m
Date: 27 May 04 - 08:01 PM

i need to find the childrens song lets join the circus or join the circus ... does anyone know where i would be able to find that song.. im a teacher and my kids are going a circus theme graduation and im having such as hard time find this one song ... if anyone knows please post back or email me as sweetprincess219@aol.com and put in the subject coloum circus song .. thank you soooo much

diana


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 27 May 04 - 09:29 PM

One of the movements from Grieg's Peer Gynt suite is a favourite of circuses in the UK. I'll have to search it out, to discover which movement it is. A short phrase is played repeatedly at rapidly increasing tempo, till it's going at a dizzying speed - then brought to an abruptly halt by a violent clash of cymbals. That's the mement when the audience uncover their eyes to see if the trapeze artist has broken her neck.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 May 04 - 10:05 PM

Crosslink - Songs - Circus/Show/Fetes Characters/Themes


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: The Shambles
Date: 28 May 04 - 02:49 AM

The UK Licensing Act 2003 does present a threat to the circus and in particular to the circus and live music.

This from one of the latest Common's 'debates' on the subject.

There has been a lot of debate, and there are various issues that we could all raise. The hon. Gentleman talked about golf clubs. I shall cite the example of circuses, since it is has not been mentioned before. For your delectation, Mr. Olner, and to show how confused these matters are, I shall quote a small interchange that occurred in another place. My noble Friend the Lord Redesdale, asked the Minister, Lord McIntosh of Haringey:

''would circuses actually need a licence if they did not perform any live music? If they avoided live music, the circus could take place quite happily without regulation. Is that not a bizarre aspect of the Act?''

He received an inordinately helpful reply from the Minister, who said:

''I wish I could answer that simply, but I cannot. Music—incidental, live or whatever—is one of the issues, but there are also questions about whether the activities fall into the category of sports events—for example, those of trapeze artists. It sounds daft to the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, and it sounds daft to me.''—[Official Report, House of Lords, 16 March 2004; Vol. 659, c. 126.] That was said by the Minister in another place with responsibility for the very matters that we are discussing today.


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Subject: RE: Circus Music
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 May 04 - 09:36 AM

The South Shore Concert Band has done a series of albums called Sounds of the Circus, Volumes 1 through 16.

To find them, I recommend you go to AMG - All Music Guide, and then click on "Buy" which will take you to Barnes & Noble's website. There, you can click on the names of tunes and hear sound samples.

Barnes & Noble's own search engine won't find all these albums. I assume that's because they're not really currently available, but B&N still stores the information.

Another good album is Under the Big Top: 100 Years of Circus Music by the Great American Main St. Band.

Two tunes that sound like typical circus music to me are "Entry of the Gladiators" and "Thunder and Blazes."

Once you identify some tunes you like, you can use Google to find midi files (hopefully).


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Circus Music
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 May 04 - 09:42 AM

Woops! I failed to notice that John in Brisbane's original request is 5 years old, and this thread was refreshed by "GUEST,diana,m" who wants only one specific song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Join the Circus
From: Sorcha
Date: 28 May 04 - 10:01 AM

Diana, I found this, but I'm not sure it's what you are looking for....do you have any other clues? There were 10 pages of hits for 'Join the Circus lyrics'.

JOIN THE CIRCUS

WHEN I WAS JUST A BOY
PLAYING WITH MY TOYS
DAD CAME TO ME SAID
SON YOU'LL SEE YOU'RE NOT LIKE OTHER BOYS
LIFE IT'S WHAT YOU MAKE
IT'S WHAT YOU TAKE WHEN YOUR GROWN
SOON YOULL SEE THE SIGHTS THAT BE
WHEN YOU'RE FAR FROM HOME
FIRST BIG LESSON CAME FROM SCHOOL
LEARNING ALL THEIR RULES
PROGRAM ME SO I COULD BE
AS BLIND AS THE OTHER FOOLS
OUT OF THE CLIQUES AFRAID OF THE CHICKS
LEARNING ON MY OWN
CAN'T WAIT TO BE FREE,
SOON THEY'LL SEE I'M NOT LIKE OTHER DRONES
FINALLY I BROKE OUT AND MOVED
TO A COMFORTABLE SITCOM
BUT THE CIRCUS OF PEARS DEMANDED
ATTENTION AND SAID TO MEE
BE OUR SPECTICAL, BE OUR SILLY CLOWN
JOIN OUR MAD PARADE, JOIN OUR HAPPY TROUPE
BE OUR SONG AND DANCE, BE OUR LITTLE PUPPET
JOIN OUR PRETTY SHOW, JOIN OUR PRETTY CAST
THIS IS YOUR'E LIFE AND YOUV'E BEEN DECIEVED
THOUGHT YOU WERE ON YOUR FEET
BUT YOUR'E REALLY ON YOUR KNEES
THE BODIES IN DEMAND IT'S JUST WHAT THEY NEED
OILS THEIR GEARS AND FUELS THEIR MACHINES


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Circus Music
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 May 04 - 11:13 AM

refresh....come back Diana.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Circus Music
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 05:01 AM

I guess this is the better of the two circus threads for Windjammers linkage:

http://www.circusmusic.org/

Closest thing to an 'official' site out there. They also have a Facebook page. They partnered with EBSCO sometime back so you should be able to find back issue ecopies of their newsletter Circus Fanfare through your school or major public library.

And the 'generic' wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_music


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Circus Music
From: GUEST,SqueezeMe
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 08:23 AM

Just learning a cracking jig called Chipperfield's Circus, off an album called "Come Dancing" from the Climax Ceilidh Band. I think the tune is one of their originals, but I could be wrong. Might slide nicely into Nelly the Elephant....

(Yes, I know this thread is nearly 18 years old, but the tune is too good not to rate a mention.)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Circus Music
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 07:42 PM

As posted in the 'other' thread, Juventino Rosas' (1868-1894) Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves) is standard for the trapeze, slack rope & high wire (calliope, merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, ad nauseum.)

I think half of what I posted there would fit better here. I searched for a circus folklore thread but didn't find one.

Midi - http://www.mountaindulcimer-1-3-5.com/archive-over_the_waves.htm

YT: Central Military Band of the Russian Ministry of Defence - Sobre las Olas:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrFhfPYPUl4


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Circus Music
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 09:55 PM

As a counterpoint to corporate 'big top' Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (RIP or good riddance as you like it) there are the independent dog & pony shows; carnival – side show music to most audiences. Nino Rota, who scored many of the Fellini films comes to mind.

YT: Nino Rota - Giulietta degli Spiriti - Amore Per Tutti


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