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Josef Maršík (arr. Joel Blahnik)

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Voice I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Cornet or Flugelhorn (in Bb) I-II
French Horn I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hallmark, a composition for symphonic band, represents an interesting genre of music not usually available for this medium. It is a medley of Czech songs originally set by Josef Maršík in the Czech Republic, under the title Vyhrávala kapela - směs.

Hallmark provides today's youth who grew up on rock music, a counter-cultural experience. As 'swing music' was the rage of America's youth during the 1930-40's, their counterpart in Central Europe was popular melodies that people sang and danced. It is music which provides an historical perspective of the Central European immigrants who built up American communities since the mid-19th century and from whom many students are direct descendants. Hallmark portrays the gifts of the rich cultural diversity among American citizens. This is happy music to play, and calls forth feet to move, as folks listen, sing along, or dance.

The Czech brass band tradition always included singers. Hallmark, me medley of five popular Czech folk songs, retains the original Czech words, but adds and English version, paraphrased by Anita Smisek, from the original. A Czech pronunciation guide is included for those wishing to sing it in the original language.

Hallmark was commissioned by the Omro, Wisconsin, Band Music Department, John Hall, conductor. The work is dedicated to Mrs. Minnie Morton (1916-1988), remembered with gratitude for her energetic and skillful teaching of Music and Business in the School District of Omro, Wisconsin from 1905-1945.

Program Note by Joel Blahnik

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