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Program Notes



Richard Wagner, composer

Huldigungsmarsch (Homage March) was written in Starnberg, near Munich, in 1864 "for the 19th birthday of His Majesty King Ludwig II," and was perfomrd to greet the young king on October 5, 1864 by the combined bands of three infantry regiments stationed in Munich, under the baton of the bandmaster Siebenkas. This, the first of Wagner’s three large-scale marches, already speaks the language of the mature composer who is certain not only of his technique but of his desired goal. Wagner’s legacy of original works for the wind ensemble is extremely small. This march, with its confident melodic lines and rich counterpoint, is his principal contribution.

—published score


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