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Military March in D

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (ed. John R Bourgeois)

This work may appear on the title March in D Major or Great March in D. It bears the designation wo024.

General Info

Year: 1816 / 2003
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (optional)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beethoven's original band work has become accessible in a musically accurate, modern edition, providing an opportunity for today's bands to experience a great, historic work. This will be a significant addition to the repertoire of serious conductors of wind band literature.

- Program Note from publisher

The March in D Major, also known as the Great March in D, is one of Beethoven’s eight works for large wind band. His other compositions for various-sized wind ensembles bring the total number of works for wind instruments to more than two dozen. This march was composed in Vienna, completed and dated by the composer on June 3, 1816. It was written during a period when Beethoven was not focusing upon the large-scale orchestral forms for which he was known. The dedication on the March in D Major states that it was written for the People’s Artillery Corps of the Imperial and Royal Residential Capital of Vienna. It was composed at the request of Franz Xavier Embel, commander of the artillery corps.

The March in D Major is scored for a large wind band, with multiple parts for trumpets, French horns, trombones, and a large woodwind section to include piccolo and contrabassoon -- two instruments which Beethoven used extensively in his orchestral works, thereby establishing their presence as a permanent part of the ensemble.

- Program Note from 'liner notes for CD Marine Band Showcase Volume Two

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Rockford (Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Ken Goodman, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor) – 27 February 2020

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  • Beethoven, L.; Bourgeois, J. (2003). Military March in D for Concert Band [score]. Wingert-Jones Publications: Kansas City, Mo.
  • Perusal score