Subtitle: Italian Grand March
This work bears the designation Opus 214.
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
F Horn I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
Although most audiences remember Julius Fučik for his Entry of the Gladiators March, a recent international popularity poll indicates a preference for his Florentiner March. The length and content of this march lead the listener to suspect that, like Sousa with his Free Lance March, Fučik must have attempted to condense the most important material for an operetta into a march.
The work opens with a short bugle fanfare and proceeds directly into a strain of repeated notes which seem to picture a flighty Florentine signorina chattering to her gentleman friend from Berlin who is given only enough time to answer a (two-note) "ja-wohl!" occasionally. The work continues with another fanfare; a light and beautiful trio melody; an interlude; and a triumphant repeat with a challenging piccolo part.
In the November 1969 issue of The Instrumentalist, Uno Andersson notes that this march was originally titled La Rosa de Toscana, but that political reasons forced the composer to change his salute from the entire region of Tuscany to its capital, Florence.
- Program Note by Program Notes for Band
- Audio CD: United States Marine Band - 2009
None discovered thus far.
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- Osakan Philharmonic Winds (Osaka, Japan) (Tomo Matsuo, conductor) - 21 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
- Grinnell (Ia.) College Symphonic Band (Joshua W. Neuenschwander, conductor) - 24 November 2019
- Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Joshua E. Long, conductor) - 23 November 2019
- Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 22 November 2019 (Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference/In-Service)
- United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Michael Burch-Pesses, conductor) - 8 March 2019 (84th Annual ABA National Convention)
- Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony C. Marinello, III, conductor) – 14 November 2018
- Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Carlos Gama, Jr., conductor) - 26 June 2018
- New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Toby Forman, conductor) – 6 May 2018
- Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) - 13 November 2017
- Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tex.) (Richard Crain, conductor) - 7 May 2017
- Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Symphonic Band (Doug Henderson, conductor) – 27 April 2017
- Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony II (Jennifer Rubin, conductor) – 17 November 2016
- University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 13 September 2016
- Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 13 March 2016
- Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 5 February 2016
- University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 27 January 2016
- Baylor University Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 19 October 2015
- Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Symphonic Band (Daniel Tembras, conductor) – 8 October 2015
- Prairie Wind Ensemble (Peoria, Ill.) (Joseph Manfredo, conductor) – 11 October 2015
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Children of the Regiment (tr. Bourgeois) (ca. 1915/1996)
- Concertino for Bassoon (arr. Belohoubek) (2015)
- Der alto Brummbar. See: The Old Grumbly Bear and The Old Sore-Head
- Entry of the Gladiators (tr. Laurendeau, arr. Seredy) (1900/1936)
- Entry of the Gladiators (tr. Laurendeau, arr. Seredy, ed. Ragsdale) (1900/1997)
- Fanfare Sounds (arr. Bourgeois) (2017)
- Florentiner (arr. Lake, ed. Fennell) (1907/1980)
- Florentiner March (ed. Bourgeois) (1907/1999)
- Florentiner March (arr. Rossi) (1907/2007)
- Kinizsi (ed. Ohnmeiss)
- Marinarella (arr. Beek) (1907/2005)
- Mississippi River (arr. Studnitzky) (1902/1995)
- The Old Grumbly Bear (arr. Glover) (1910/2004)
- The Old Sore-Head (arr. Rogers) (1910/2000)
- Thunder and Blazes (arr. Foster Jr.) (1900/2011)
- Unter Der Admirals Flagge (Singerling) (1983)
- Victory Trophies (arr. Sip) (1915/2002/2016)
- Fučik, J.; Bourgeois, J. (1999) Florentiner March: For Concert Band [score]. Kansas City, MO: Wingert-Jones Music.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 214-5.