Richard Wagner

Huldigungsmarsch

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Huldigungsmarsch by Richard Wagner, modern edition for concert band by David Whitwell. First performed by three combined infantry bands on 25 August 1864.

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Huldigungs­marsch
Richard Wag­n­er (1813–1883)
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 1864
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band
Dura­tion: 5:40
Lev­el: 5

Recording

This live per­for­mance of 8 May 1998 was giv­en by the Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty, North­ridge, Wind Ensem­ble, David Whitwell, Con­duc­tor, with stu­dent guest con­duc­tor, Miss Jan­na Gun­gels.

Notes on Wagner’s Huldigungsmarsch

As is well-known, after a long peri­od of frus­tra­tion pro­fes­sion­al­ly, finan­cial­ly and per­son­al­ly, Wag­n­er was ‘res­cued’ by the appear­ance of Herr Pfis­ter­meis­ter, the sec­re­tary to the new­ly crowned king of Bavaria, Lud­wig II, who announced the intent of the new king to guar­an­tee the finan­cial sup­port of Wag­n­er and his music. Wag­n­er first met the king on 4 May 1864 and in grat­i­tude began the com­po­si­tion of the Huldigungs­march in hon­or of the king. The first per­for­mance, by three com­bined infantry bands sta­tioned near Munich, was giv­en on the king’s nine­teenth birth­day, 25 August 1864.

This mod­ern edi­tion for band of the Huldigungs­marsch by David Whitwell is based on the orig­i­nal band edi­tion pub­lished by Schott in Mainz in 1871 and an arrange­ment by Wag­n­er him­self the fol­low­ing year for piano which includes details which like­ly reflect how the com­pos­er played the work him­self at the piano.