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‘The Fifth String’ by John Philip Sousa


Aamano Music releases a revised edition to the classic fictional novella, The Fifth String by John Philip Sousa.

The wind band community reveres John Philip Sousa as a composer and band leader; however, many don’t realize he was also a popular author of fictional works. The Fifth String and Pipetown Sandy are two of his most recognizable works.

Originally published in 1902, The Fifth String is a fictional story of love, passion for music, and a deal with the Devil.

The story follows the character of Angelo Diotti, a troubled violin virtuoso battling the inner struggle of a musician trying to make his mark on the musical world. Upon his arrival to the United States, he meets the beautiful Mildred Wallace, daughter of an affluent New York Banker.

The attraction is immediate but Diotti is struggling with the weight of a premier performance. As the story unfolds, Diotti is presented with a proposal from Mephistopheles himself promising everything his heart desires with “no strings attached.”

However, we all know that a deal with the Devil is not a simple transaction and often costs everything.

Aamano Music has updated the classic work by the beloved bandmaster to create an easy-to-read format that is perfect for the iPad or other devices.

You can find the revised edition of The Fifth String by John Philip Sousa by visiting AamanoMusic.com

Or you can order the pdf by clicking HERE

Kindle & Print editions are coming soon to Amazon

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