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March of the Guards

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Andrew Glover)


Subtitle: From Fidelio


General Info

Year: 1805 / 2019
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00  |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Violin
  • Guitar

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Clarinet

Part 2
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in E-flat
  • Horn in F

Part 3
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • B-flat Trombone T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Horn

Bass Clef

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon
  • Horn in F

Viola
Part 4
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet

Bass Clef Instruments

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Part 5
Tuba
B-flat Treble Clef Bass

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tuba TC

E-flat Treble Clef Bass

  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Tuba TC

Bass

  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass Guitar

Timpani (optional)
Keyboards (optional)

  • Piano
  • Electric Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Accordion
  • Organ

Mallet Percussion (optional)

  • Xylophone
  • Marimba
  • Chimes
  • Bells

Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Suspended Cymbal


Errata

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Program Notes

Fidelio, the only opera composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) received its premiere in 1805. It tells the story of Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named Fidelio, rescues her husband Florestan from a Spanish prison, where e is being starved, and sentenced to die for political reasons. Uncharacteristic of most operas, this one has a hppy ending: Florestan is indeed released from prison, and is returned to his wife Leonore. The March of the Guards opens the second act.

This stately classical march has been successfully adapted for flexible-instrumentation bands. Processional in style, it maintains a distinct air of dignity throughout. The careful scoring and minimal percussion requirements make this an excellent and welcome choice for very small ensembles or those with incomplete instrumentations.

- Program Note by publisher


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