Fest Marsch from "Tannhäuser"

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (trans. Robert Rumbelow)

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General Info

Year: 1845 / 1997
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


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Program Notes

Tannhäuser (full title Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg / Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg Castle) is an 1845 opera in three acts, music and text by Richard Wagner, based on two German legend: Tannhäuser, the legendary medieval German Minnesänger and poet; and the tale of the Wartburg Song Contest. The story centers on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love, a theme running through much of Wagner's mature work.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The story of Tannhäuser is laid in and near the Wartburg, where, during the thirteenth century, the Landgraves of the Thuringian Valley held sway. They were lovers of arts, especially of poetry and music, and at the Wartburg many peaceful contests between the famous minnesingers (or minstrels) took place. Near this castle rises the Venusberg. According to tradition the interior of this mountain was inhabited by Holda, the Goddess of Spring, who, however, in time became identified with the Goddess of Love. Her court was filled with nymphs and sirens, and it was her greatest joy to entice into the mountain the knights of the Wartburg and hold them captive to her beauty.

Among those whom she has thus lured into the rosy recesses of the Venusberg is Tannhäuser.

In spite of her beauty, however, he is weary of her charms and longs for a glimpse of the world. He seems to have heard the tolling of bells and other earthly sounds, and these stimulate his yearning to be set free from the magic charms of the goddess.

Fest Marsch is played as the bride’s processional wedding march in English-speaking countries.

- Program Note from Maryland Community Band concert program, 3 December 2010

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Tennessee: VI


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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) - 5 May 2021
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy Foley, conductor) – 1 July 2016
  • Florida All State Concert Band (Robert W. Rumbelow, conductor) – 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Tannhäuser (Opera). Wikipedia. Accessed 8 August 2023
  • Wagner, R.; Rumbelow, R. (1997). Fest Marsch from Tannhäuser : "Früdig Begrussen wir die Edle Hallë" : For Wind Ensemble [score]. Ludwig Music: Cleveland, O.