“La Flor de Sevilla” (1929)
“Quien no ha visto Sevilla no ha visto maravilla” (“He who has not seen Seville has not seen beauty”) is an old Spanish proverb and was printed on the face of the sheet music of this march at Sousa’s suggestion. Whether or not he ever visited Seville, the city of his father’s birth, has not been established.
The march was composed at the request of the directors of the Ibero-American Exposition held in Seville in 1929, and the inscription on the band manuscript reads, “Written for and dedicated to the people of Spain.”
Paul E. Bierley, The Works of John Philip Sousa (Westerville, Ohio: Integrity Press, 1984), 52. Used by permission.
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