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Victory March

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Leyla Saz

Leyla Saz (arr. Kathryn Woodard)

General Info

Year: 1908 / 2020
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: ...And We Were Heard
Cost: Score and Parts - $29.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cevgen (optional)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Victory March is in a typical Western genre of the Ottoman reform period, since new music had to be composed for the Imperial military bands. Saz’s Victory March has lyrics written in commemoration of the Young Turk Revolution in 1908, and so it dates from a later period of her life, long after she had left the harem.

The names Enver and Niyazi in the lyrics refer to leaders of the revolution who instituted a new constitutional government, deposed the corrupt Sultan Abdülhamid and replaced him with Mehmed V. By composing this march Leyla Saz clearly expresses her support of the new government, which is considered to be a precursor to the founding of the Turkish Republic.

- Program Note by arranger

Only the melody line survives; archival recordings document performances by traditional instruments and by the Imperial Band.

- Program Note from Worldcat

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Kathryn Woodard website Accessed 29 January 2020
  • Saz, L.; Woodard, K. (2011). Victory March: 1908 [score]. Sonic Crossroads: [Houston, Tx.]