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Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
July 4
Did You Guess?
He plays the violin
He tucks it right under his chin
And he bows, oh he bows
For he knows, yes he knows
That it's hi-hi-hi-diddle diddle
It's my heart, Tom and his fiddle
My strings are unstrung
I am undone

When heaven calls to me
Sing me no sad eulogy
Say I die, loving bride
Loving wife, loving life

For it was hi-hi-hi-hi-diddle diddle
'Twixt my heart, Tom, and his fiddle
And ever 'twill be
Through eternity

He plays the violin.

From the Musical 1776
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Can You Guess?
In the Broadway musical and the film 1776, based on the writing of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, Mrs. Jefferson sings of a special reason she is attracted to Thomas. Can You Guess just what makes Thomas so attractive to Mrs. Jefferson?

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1776 - In Philadelphia, PA, the representatives of the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring themselves independent from the rule of Great Britain.

1828 - The U.S. Marine Corps Band performs Hail to the Chief for the first time for a living President at ground-breaking ceremonies for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, attended by President John Quincy Adams.

1923 - Premiere Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite for Military Band at the Royal Military School of Music

1986 - US Marine Corps Band performed for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, recreating the band's performance under John Philip Sousa for the original dedication ceremonies 100 years before in NYC.
The world premiere of the complete Symphony 1997 (Heaven Earth Mankind) took place in Hong Kong on July 4, 1997, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Asian Youth Orchestra, the Imperial Bells Ensemble, and Yips' Children's Choir, with Tan Dun (the composer) conducting.
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Yo-Yo Ma was born October 7, 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris, he began playing the cello when he was just four years old.  He later studied with Janos Scholz.  In 1962 he also became the pupil of Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

When his was just 15, he gained international attention when Leonard Bernstein presented him on a televised fundraising event for the Kennedy Center.

To expand upon the knowledge he gained from Julliard,
Yo-Yo Ma attended Harvard University. He graduated with a liberal arts degree in 1976. Soon after his graduation, he began his professional career

Since that time Yo-Yo Ma has recorded more than 50 albums ranging from Bach's Cello Suites to his Brazilian music crossover album. He has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

In an interview Ma was asked about finding it hard to practice when he was young.  He replied:

"I still have to find motivation to practice sometimes. There are a couple of answers. One general thing I say to myself is: 'Don't ever play a note on an instrument until you want to hear something.' You may have just heard a tune, and you want to play it on your instrument or sing it. I think setting small goals are extremely important, goals that can actually be accomplished. Reducing frustration is good, while trying to also acknowledge that there are long-term goals. Playing for and with friends is, I think, a very important motivator, after a certain age."
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1776 - sheet music at 1776 P/V/G Vocal Selections. By Sherman Edwards. Piano/Vocal/Chords Vocal Selections (Arrangements for piano and voice with guitar chords). Size 9x12 inches. 88 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (313274)
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God Bless America & Other Patriotic Favorites - Violin - sheet music at
God Bless America & Other Patriotic Favorites - Violin Violin solo songbook for violin solo. With standard notation. 32 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.841654)
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