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Johann Strauss I
RADETSKY MARCH for orchestra
Goodmusic Concert Classics GMCL197

Catalogue Number: GMCL197

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ORCHESTRATION
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in A or Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb or C, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Side drum, Bass drum, Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

Radetzky March was composed by Johann Strauss Sr. in 1848. It was dedicated to the Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz and soon became quite popular among regimented marching soldiers. Its tone is more celebratory than martial; Strauss was commissioned to write the piece to commemorate Radetsky's victory at the Battle of Custoza.
For the trio, Strauss used an older folk melody called "Alter Tanz aus Wien" which was originally in 3/4 time. When Radetzky came back to Vienna after winning the battle of Custoza, his soldiers were singing the then-popular song. Allegedly Strauss heard this singing and incorporated the melody, converted to 2/4 time, into the Radetzky March. When it was first played in front of Austrian officers, they spontaneously clapped and stamped their feet when they heard the chorus. This tradition, with quiet rhythmic clapping on the first iteration of the melody, followed by thunderous clapping on the second, is kept alive today by audience members who know the custom when the march is played in classical music venues in Vienna. The march is almost always played as the last piece at the Neujahrskonzert (New Year's Concert) of the Vienna Philharmonic.
A PACK comprises an A4 sized full score plus a complete set of parts including strings 4/4/3/4/2.
Duration 3 minutes

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