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Saturday, July 7, 2018 Permalink

The March Connection

Triumphal March from Verdi's "Aida" at the Verona Opera (2012)


If the words “march music” put you in mind of brass bands or military parades, you may have a surprise coming, for composers have turned out some remarkable marches for orchestra, piano, organ and brass—and voices.

In this hour, music in 4/4 time by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Verdi, and Grainger, among others—including one that you’ve probably marched to, yourself (possibly more than once).


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Songs of the Revolutionary War [for O’ Farrell’s March] Yorktown Fifes and Drums Altissimo 75442259812 754422598125
Handel: Rinaldo Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon Naxos 8.660165-67 730099616522
Purcell:  Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary Oxford Camerata  Naxos 8.553129 0730099412926
Music for Organ, Brass, & Percussion  [for Clarke: Trumpet Tune] Michael Murray & Empire Brass Telarc CD-80218 089408021824
Mozart: Haffner Serenade  [for March K. 249] Capella Istropolitana , Johannes Wildner Naxos 8.550333  
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Teldec 2292-46452-2 022924645228
Schubert: Piano Works for Four Hands, Vol. 2 [for Marche Militaire No. 1] Jeno Jando, Zsuzsa Kollar Naxos 8.553441 0730099444125 
Tchaikovsky: Complete Suites for Orchestra [for Marche Miniature]  New Philharmonia Orchestra, Antal Dorati Philips 454 253-2 028945425320  
Opera Choruses [for Verdi Aida - Gloria All Egitto] Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli EMI Classics 5 09032 2 5099950903221  
Elgar: [Enigma Variations, or Pomp and Circumstance Scottish National Orchestra, Alexander Gibson Chandos  CHAN 6504 095115650424
Grieg & Sibelius [for Grieg: Karelia Suite march] Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner Philips 412 727-2 028941272720
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, etc, [for From the Love For Three Oranges] Orchestre National de France, Loren Maazel CBS Masterworks, MK 39557 07464395572
Walton Symphony No. 1, etc, [for Crown Imperial] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn Telarc CD-80125 089408012525
Grainger: Music for Pianos [for ‘The Widow’s Party’ March’] Penelope Thwaites, Wayne Marshall, and John Lavender.  Chandos CHAN 9702 095115163825
Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection [for Raiders of the Lost Ark London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams Concord 888072310001 888072310001


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