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Entry of the Gladiators (tr Laurendeau)

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Julius Fučik

Julius Fučík (trans. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau, arr. Seredy)

This work is also well known as Thunder and Blazes.

General Info

Year: 1901 / 1936
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II
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 Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fučik composed his march, Opus 68, also known as Thunder and Blazes,between 1897 and 1900 while he was a military bandmaster in the Austro-Hungarian city of Sarajevo. The original title has been Grande Marche Chromatique, but Fučik was fascinated by the description of gladiators entering a Roman amphitheater in Henry Sienkiewicz's book Quo Vadis? - Whither Goest Thou? that he changed to the present title. The book concerns the gladiators during the rule of the infamous and depraved Nero (A.D. 54-68); however, the Emperor Titus, who ruled from A.D. 7-81, presented an even bloodier exhibition of gladiators, wild beasts, and sea fights which involved 10,000 men and lasted 100 days.

In this march the upper brasses announce the entry, followed in the second strain by the lower brasses who represent the combat. At the present time, Entry of the Gladiators usually refers to the heroes and heroines under the circus big top, the daring riders in the rodeo, or the muscular athletes on the playing fields. Although it is often played at break-neck speed, the proper original tempo is from 100 to 120 beats per minute, as most European marches are played.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (William LaRue Jones, conductor) – 4 April 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 11 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Cassandra A. Bechard, conductor) – 30 October 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charles Buck III, conductor) – 10 July 2012

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