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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (arr. Roger Barrett)

Subtitle: For Symphonic Band and Optional Fanfare Trumpets & Percussion

This work bears the designation TrV 217.

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1941
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolos I-II
C Flutes I-II
Oboes I-II
Bassoons I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinets I-II-III (I-II div.)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophones I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet (or Cornet) I-II-III-IV
B-flat Fanfare Trumpets I-II-III-IV (optional)
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trombones I-II-III
Harp/Organ (opt. Synthesizer) Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells (Glockenspiel)
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (or Glockenspiel)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drums (off-stage, optional)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although known primarily as a composer of operas and tone poems, Richard Strauss also wrote a number of marches and fanfares. This march was premiered in 1907 for a palace concert in Berlin, with Strauss conducting. During this concert, King Wilhelm II granted Strauss a citizenship award, and the piece is dedicated to the king, thus the title, King’s March. The work incorporates the Romantic forces of rich scoring, rigorous flourishes and a bold sense of harmonic power as well as a lyrical trio for winds and horns and an unusual hymn section for brass.

- Program Note by James Huff/The Claremont Winds

Königsmarsch is one of eight marches written by a composer more famous for operas and major orchestral works. The grand fanfare that opens this march embodies the rich scoring and harmonic power of the Romantic period. The lyrical trio features the woodwinds and horns until the restatement of the opening theme. The instrumentation changes to brass only for an unusual hymn passage, with the full ensemble concluding with a strong and noble presentation of the opening theme. Original composed for piano in 1906, the march was premiered at a palace concert in Berlin, Germany, on March 6, 1907, in both orchestral and military arrangements with the composer conducting. At this occasion, King Wilhelm II granted Strauss the citizenship award of the Imperial Order of the Third Class. Strauss' dedication on the manuscript reads "To His Majesty, The Kaiser, King Wilhelm II in profound respect and honor given by the composer."

- Program Note from Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band concert program, 7 December 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Mississippi State University (Starkville) Concert Band (Craig Aahrus, conductor) -12 February 2023
  • Messiah University (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller conductor) - 23 September 2022
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Cliff Croomes, conductor) - 23 November 2021
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matt Smith, conductor) - 12 October 2020
  • University of Tulsa (Okla.) Wind Ensemble (Richard Wagner, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Honors Wind Ensemble (Stephen Davis, conductor) – 1 February 2020
  • TMEA Region 32 All-Region Band (conductor unknown) – 25 January 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • University of Texas at Tyler Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Emge, conductor) - 10 October 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Emily Rodeck, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Texas All-State Concert Band (Jamie Nix, conductor) - 16 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 12 February 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) High School Honor Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 10 February 1019
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band (Adam Gumble, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Bullard High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Carroll, conductor) - 13 April 2018 (2018 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Sam Ramon (Calif.) Community Band (Larry Colon, conductor) – 3 March 2017
  • Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 26 January 2017 )MMEA 79th Annual In-Service Workshop/Conference)
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 18 November 2016
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 23 October 2016
  • Merion (Merion Station, Penn.) Concert Band – 2014

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