Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare (arr Rumbelow)

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (arr. Robert Rumbelow)

The title translates from the German as "Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare."

General Info

Year: 1924 / 2003
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestral brass
Publisher: Robert Rumbelow
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Trombone I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Tuba I-II
Organ (optional
Timpani (2 sets)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare (1924) was written for the organization's first benefit ball, which raised money for the musician's pension fund. Held on March 4 of that year, the ball took place during the holiday called Fasching in German-speaking countries and known as Carnival or Mardi Gras in others. The piece was played while honored guests, such as the Matron of the Ball, arrived at the event. The work has been played every year since at the Philharmonic's annual benefits.

Being the son of the principal horn player for the Munich Court Orchestra may have had something to do with the composer's ability to write for brass, but whatever his influences, this brief fanfare certainly demonstrates his affinity for striking brass textures. The piece is scored for a large brass ensemble and two sets of timpani. It opens simply, with a single note on the trumpets repeated in the characteristic fanfare rhythm. This expands to a triad, and then the other sections enter one at a time: trombones, horns, timpani, each adding rhythmic and textural complexity. The main theme arrives, marked by the entrance of the tuba. A brief development leads to an even briefer second subject, played more softly and without the triplet motor propelling it. After just a few measures the main theme returns, soon reaching a climax featuring a riff in the horns climbing three octaves. Short but stirring, one can easily understand why any Matron of the Ball would ensure that this piece has remained in the Philharmonic's active repertory for 94 years.

- Program Note adapted from a note by Barbara Heninger


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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