Julius Ernst Wilhelm Fučík [pronounced FEW-chick in English] (18 July 1872, Prague - 25 September 1916, Berlin) was a Bohemian (present-day Czech) bandmaster and composer.
Fučík studied violin, bassoon, and composition (with Antonín Dvořák) and was a bassoonist in a number of opera orchestras. The composer became one of the most prolific European composers of his time, producing more than 400 works including operettas, chamber music, masses, marches and a symphonic suite.
In a short brilliant career as bandmaster to the 86th Hungarian Infantry Regiment, Fučik developed his own wide-ranging style of writing marches. Of his more than 100 marches, Entry of the Gladiators March (also known as Thunder and Blazes), Children of the Regiment and Florentiner are probably the best known. Today his marches are still played as patriotic music in the Czech Republic. However his world-wide reputation rests on one work, his opus 68 march the Entry of the Gladiators (Vjezd gladiátorů), which is universally recognized as the theme tune of clowns in a circus.
Works for Winds
- 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 (arr. Balent) (1900/2004)
- Entry of the Gladiators (arr. Holcombe Jr.) (1900)
- 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)
- Gigantic (arr. Sip) (2002/2016)
- Kinizsi (ed. Ohnmeiss)
- Kinizsi (arr. Borodach)
- 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)
- Julius Fučík, Wikipedia
- Anderson, Uno. "Julius Fučik--Bandmaster and Composer." The Instrumentalist vol. 24, no. 4, November 1969, pp. 38-39.