Florentiner March


Fucik, J


5 mins 40 secs


Piccolo. Principal flute, 2 other flutes, 2 oboes, Principal clarinet, 3 other clarinets, 3 bassoons, 2 alto saxes, tenor sax, baritone sax, 4 French Horns, Principal trumpet, 3 other trumpets, flugel horn, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium and tuba, bass drum, side drum, cymbals, triangle, glockenspiel, string bass





Julius Ernest Willhelm Fucik, 1872 – 1916 was a prolific Czech composer with over 400 pieces to his name in his short life. His work was mostly for Military band and so became known as the Bohemian Sousa. He joined the army at 18 as a musician (he played bassoon and violin) but left to play orchestral music in the Prague theatre. His first conducting experience came with choirs after which he rejoined the army as Bandmaster when he was 25. Not long after this, he wrote Entrance of the Gladiators (or Thunder and Blazes in another arrangement), widely associated with the entrance of the clowns in the circus. The band of the 92nd Infantry Regiment appointed him Bandmaster in 1910, one of the best bands in Europe at the time. The other of his most well known pieces, the Florentiner March (brought to the general public’s notice in the film ‘Brassed Off’) is presented here, arranged for the Classical Windband.

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