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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (tr. Godfrey)

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General Info

Year: 1871 / 1907
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kalmus
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


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Program Notes

The Kaisermarsch ("Imperial March") is a patriotic march composed by Richard Wagner in 1871 in order to exalt the foundation of the German Empire after the victorious Franco-Prussian War.

The victory in the Franco-Prussian War and the consequent proclamation of William I, King of Prussia, as German Emperor spurred patriotism and incited several German composers to write patriotic music dedicated to the nation and the new empire. Johannes Brahms, for example, wrote his Song of Triumph (op. 55) in 1871.

Wagner, already known for his musical patriotism in several of his operas, hence composed the Kaisermarsch which entailed both positive and negative reviews but did not succeed in attaining a more prominent status with regard to official ceremonies celebrating the newly achieved victory. Wagner wrote:

After the return of our victorious army, I made private inquiries in Berlin whether, in case a grand ceremonial in honor of the fallen soldiers were projected, I could be permitted to provide a piece suited to such a solemn occasion. But I was told that it was not considered desirable to make special provision for painful impressions to accompany the joyous return of the army. I proposed, still privately, another piece, which was to accompany the entrance of the army, and into which, at the close, — say in defiling before the victorious monarch, — the excellent vocal corps of the Prussian army might join with some popular melody. But this would have necessitated serious changes in the arrangements that had been completed long before, and I was dissuaded from my project. Consequently I arranged my Kaisermarsch for the concert-hall, for which let it be adapted as well as may be.

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