Saturday, March 3, 2012

Florentiner March (Grande Marcia Italiana)

Julius Fučik (1872– 1916), arranged by M.L. Lake, edited by Frederick Fennell

The length and content of the Florentiner March lead one to believe that, like Sousa with his Free Lance March, Fučik must have tried to condense an operetta into a march. The march opens with a short bugle fanfare, and proceeds directly into a strain that sounds like a flighty Florentine signorina chattering to her gentleman friend from Berlin who only has time to answer a (two-note) “ja-wohl” occasionally. The march continues with another fanfare; a light, floating trio melody; an interlude; and a triumphant repeat with a challenging piccolo part. (Source: Band Music Notes, Norman Smith and Albert Stoutamire.)