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Trauersinfonie (tr Leidzen)

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (trans. Erik Leidzén)

Subtitle: Funeral Music from Euryanthe by Weber

This work also appears under the title Trauermusik.

General Info

Year: 1844 / 1924 / 1949
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

On December 14, 1844, the remains of Carl Maria von Weber were moved from London, where he had died, to Germany. Wagner composed Trauersinfonie for the torchlight procession to Weber’s final resting place, the Catholic Cemetery in Friedrichstadt.

As part of his musical remembrance, Wagner arranged several portions of Weber’s opera Euryanthe for a large wind band. This wind band was accompanied during the funeral procession by 20 drums. The first part of Trauersinfonie is an arrangement of music from the overture to Euryanthe which represents the vision of Emma’s spirit in the opera. The main section of the work is taken from the cavatina Hier dicht am Quell, the text of which contains numerous references to death. The coda comes from a passage in Act II that recalls the opening “spirit music.”

Wagner amassed all of the military bands around Dresden for the occasion, and was gratified by the effect. He remained fond of the work throughout his life and in Mein Leben, he wrote, “I had never before achieved anything that corresponded so perfectly to its purpose.”

- Program Note by Orange County Wind Symphony

A cursory glance at the score of Trauersinfonie (or Trauermusik) can give the impression that the work's seemingly conservative technical demands will require minimal rehearsal time. Realistically, this is a piece that is rather difficult to perform well. The tempo in the newest edition never exceeds 66 beats per minute, and the bulk of the work is slower still. High school and less experienced college players may struggle to control tone quality and intonation while effecting expansive phrases. The educational benefits of this piece are significant to younger players, and more mature performers will enjoy the opportunity to perform a piece written specifically for winds from this renowned composer.

- Program Note from Great Music for Wind Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • California: III-C
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: V
  • Massachusetts: V
  • Michigan: AA
  • Minnesota: Category 2
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: V
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Ruben Dario Gomez, conductor) - 4 June 2021
  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 12 March 2021
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) - 17 February 2021
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Symphonic Band (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 7 November 2019
  • NorthWinds Symphonic Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (John Bell, conductor) - 24 January 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Justin Cusick, conductor) – 31 March 2017
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 17 March 2017 
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 8 February 2017
  • Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 13 October 2016
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 6 February 2016
  • Orange County (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Anthony Mazzaferro, conductor) - 12 April 2015
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 19 January 2015
  • The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) - Ewing, NJ 25 April 2014
  • University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 29 September 2013
  • University City Summer Band (Tom Poshak, conductor) - June 2012
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 20 October 2007
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (John T. Madden, conductor) – 22 December 2007 (2007 Midwest Clinic)

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