Marche Militaire

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert (adapt. & arr. L. C. Harnsberger)

This work bears the designation Opus 51.

General Info

Year: 1818? / 2011
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano Four-Hands
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $52.00; (digital) - $52.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The three Marches Militaires, Op. 51, are pieces in march form that Schubert wrote for piano four-hands. It is known that they were written during Shubert’s stay at Count Johann Karl Esterhazy’s summer home in Zseliz, Hungary. He had accepted a job there as music teacher to the Court’s daughters, and these and similar works were written as instructional pieces.

The first of the three is far more famous than the others. It is one of Schubert's most famous compositions, and it is often simply referred to as "Schubert's Marche militaire".

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Schubert wrote Marche Militaire No. 1, Op. 51 (of a set of three) between 1818 and 1822 for piano, four hands; it was published in 1826. The march became poplar and was arranged for other instruments during the composer's lifetime, but he could not share financially in its success since he had sold the work outright. Like most of the other Viennese composers of that time, Schubert included marches among his compositions because they were popular at both indoor and outdoor concerts.

One of the best known concert ensembles at that time was the Deutschmeister Kapelle, a Vienna House Regimental Band which had been formed at the order of Empress Maria Theresa in 1741; its members were recruited from among the country's best-known musicians. Beginning with 11 players, this band had developed into a well balanced 40-member unit by the time this march was published.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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