Clear Track Polka

From Wind Repertory Project
Eduard Strauss

Eduard Strauss (arr. Alfred Reed)

Subtitle: Bahn Frei
This work bears the designation Opus 45.

General Info

Year: 1869 / 2000
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $74.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Train Whistle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Place your bets on this delightful gem. It's a brisk, light polka for the race track composed by the youngest son of Johann Strauss. While eldest son Johann Jr. became the most famous composer of the family, Eduard was reputed to be the most famous conductor of the family. Alfred Reed, with this transcription, has created a light encore piece.

- Program Note adapted from Publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (Steve Kelly, conductor) - 6 February 2023
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Ensemble (Frank Tracz, conductor) - 1 December 2021
  • Encore Winds (Traverse City, Mich.) (Timothy Topolewski, conductor) - 20 May 2018
  • University of Louisville, Community/University Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - October 17, 2016
  • Senzoku Gakuen College (Kanagawa, Japan) Wind Orchestra (Alfred Reed, conductor) – 24 December 2000 (2000 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Strauss, E.; Reed, A. (2000). Clear Track Polka = (Bahn Frei), op. 45 [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.