Nibelungen March

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (arr. A.J. Stretton)

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Subtitle: On Themes from "Der Ring des Nibelungen"

General Info

Year: c. 1874 / 1909
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hawkes & Sons
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

This celebrated march written by Wagner as a complement to his great masterpiece is generally played as a fanfare at Bayreuth to attract the audience to their seats at the theatre after the interval. The march is constructed on melodies and fanfares contained in the four sections of the Ring and is most effective for military band.

However, according to the Deutsche National Bibliothek (National Library of Germany), Gottfired Sonntag (1846–1921) is actually the composer of this march, which simply takes themes from Wagner’s celebrated four-opera Ring Cycle.

— "Program Note the score with additional research by Joe Clark

Sonntag was bandmaster of the 7th Bavarian Infantry Regimen at Bayreuth when he composed Nibelungen March based on themes from Richard Wagner’s The Ring of Nibelungen. Using themes from well-known operatic works as the basis of a march was common practice among march composers, as evidenced by the many works in the repertory of brass bands from this period of musical history. This German arrangement has been carefully arranged to preserve the uniqueness of this piece.

- Program Note from Texas A&M Symphonic Band concert program, 18 November 2018


State Ratings

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  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Barry Houser, conductor) – 7 March 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hewitt, C.; Stretton, A.; Czibulka, A.; Wagner, R. (1909). Nibelungen March, on Themes from "Der Ring des Nibelungen" [score]. Hawkes & Sons, London.