Triumphal March from "Aida" (arr Richard)

From Wind Repertory Project
Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (arr. Douglas A. Richard)

General Info

Year: 1871 / 2012
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

There is a saying that "the test of great music is that it stands the test of time." While there have been many triumphal marches written by great composers, few are as well known as this powerful and exuberant march from Act II of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1871 grand opera, Aida. This arrangement is orchestrated to showcase the richness and capabilities of the contemporary wind band and is based on the early 20th century setting by the famous Italian bandmaster and composer Giuseppe Creatore.

- Program Note from publisher

Aida, one of the most theatrically effective of all Verdi operas, was commissioned (for 150,000 francs) by the Khedive of Egypt in 1869 to celebrate the completion earlier that year of the Cairo Opera House and the Suez Canal. Numerous problems delayed the premiere, but it was finally presented in Cairo in 1871 to unanimous acclaim. Verdi did not attend the first performance, explaining that "it was his art and not he personally that was important."

With its constant excitement, dramatic action, and colorful pageantry, Aida can justifiably be called a "musical spectacle" -- particularly as presented before 25,000 opera lovers in the ancient arena at Verona, Italy.

This march, from scene two of the second act, presents the fanfare and splendor of the victorious army headed by Radames as it passes in review before the pharaoh.

- Program Notes from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 25 September 2016
  • Grand Street (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Community Band (Brian Worsdale, conductor) - 7 December 2014
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Raymond Handfield, conductor) - 26 October 2014
  • Keith Brion and His New Sousa Band (Keith Brion, conductor) – 17 December 2009 (2009 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 610.