Festmusik der Stadt Wien (arr Banks)

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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (arr. Banks)

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General Info

Year: 1943 / 1979
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $58.00


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Program Notes

German composer and conductor Richard Strauss was noted for his symphonic works, including Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Thus Spake Zarathrustra, and his opera Der Rosenkavalier. He completed the Festmusik der Stadt Wein on January 14, 1943, while wintering in Vienna (Wein). The leader of the Trumpetenchior der Stadt Wein asked him to compose a work for them. This stellar group included 22 members of the brass sections, along with percussion of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Volksoper Orchestra.

-Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

German composer Richard Georg Strauss finished the score of the Festmusik der Stadt Wien (Festive Music for the City of Vienna) on January 14, 1943. The score is dedicated to the Vienna City Council in gratitude for having been awarded its Beethoven Prize the previous year. Written for the Vienna Trumpet Corps, the piece was originally scored for ten trumpets, seven trombones, two tubas, and timpani. Strauss conducted the work’s premiere in the Festival Hall of the Vienna Rathaus on April 9, 1943. Ten days later, he made a much shorter version of the work known simply as Vienna Fanfare. This version was arranged for military band by Eric Banks of the Royal Air Force.

- Program Note by the Buchholz High School Wind Symphony concert program, 17 December 2014


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