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Military March (Beethoven)

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (adapt. Greissle)

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General Info

Year: 1816 / 1827 / 1945
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


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Program Notes

Beethoven’s March in D Major, also known as The Great March in D, is one of his eight works for large wind band. It was composed in Vienna, completed and dated June 3, 1816. A handwritten note on the score further identifies it: Grand March for the Great Watch Parade, No. 4. The designation No. 4 is a reference to three other marches Beethoven wrote for band.

-Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Beethoven was commissioned to compose this march for a great military parade which took place in Vienna on June 3, 1816. Only eleven years later, in April 1827, the piece was published by Cappi and Czerny (Vienna) in an edition for solo piano. This was followed somewhat later by a version for four-hands piano. Sometime around the middle of the century, Breitkopf & Haertel brought out the full score and parts, but this is apparently the only edition of the original version to have been published heretofore. It can therefore be assumed that the present edition makes the work accessible to American bands for the first time.

- Program Note by the California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony concert program, 4 December 2014


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