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Julius Fučik

Julius Fučík (arr. R Mark Rogers)

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Subtitle: Polka Comique, Op. 210

This work is also listed under title in German, Der Alte Brummbar.

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2000
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.95


Full Score
Solo Bassoon
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto or B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium T.C./B.C.
String Bass
Percussion, including:

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fučik was himself a bassoon player and composed this charming “polka comique” for solo bassoon and orchestra around 1910 under the title Der alto Brummbar or the Old Grumbling Bear. The title suggests the possibility that this piece might in some way be a musical portrait, either of Fučik himself or of some cranky older bassoonist that Fučik met in his long performance career.

- Program Note from Indian Springs Middle School Band concert program, 12 February 2016

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • State College (Penn.) Area Municipal Band (Ned Deihl, conductor; Richard Manning, bassoon)- 15 April 2018
  • McMurry University (Abilene, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, conductor;Janelle Ott, bassoon) – 7 November 2017
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Joseph Hansen, conductor; Eddie Sanders III, Bassoon) – 19 July 2016
  • Indian Springs Middle School (Keller, Texas) Band (David Puckett, conductor) - 12 February 2016 (2016 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)

Works for Winds by this Composer