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festival march

OPUS NUMBER 54
BURGHAUSER CATALOGUE NUMBER 88
COMPOSED January / February 1879
PREMIERE - DATE AND PLACE 23 April 1879, Prague
PREMIERE - PERFORMER(S) Provisional Theatre Orchestra, conductor Adolf Cech
FIRST EDITION Emanuel Stary, 1879, Prague
MAIN KEY C major
INSTRUMENTATION 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, triangle, harp, violins, violas, cellos, double basses
DURATION approx. 5 min.


The Festival March is an occasional piece written as an introduction to a gala performance to mark the silver wedding of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife, the Empress Elisabeth. The music is ceremonial in character and ends with an impressive coda.