Strike Up the Band!

Strike Up the Band!

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by Jerker Johansson
     
 

Americans, who still hear marches from local ensembles on the occasional small-town summertime evening, tend to think of marches as quintessentially American. Europeans may be likelier to identify with their own national march traditions. Both views, though, are distorted: the march is best classified as European-American. The great American march composers, See more details below

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Americans, who still hear marches from local ensembles on the occasional small-town summertime evening, tend to think of marches as quintessentially American. Europeans may be likelier to identify with their own national march traditions. Both views, though, are distorted: the march is best classified as European-American. The great American march composers, Sousa included, were nearly all immigrants from Europe, and many marches that became American standards, like the "Entry of the Gladiators" of Julius Fucik heard on this disc, known to Americans as the Circus March and penned originally as the "Grande Marche Chromatique," were imports from the start. It was America, on the other hand, toward which the trajectory of the march aimed; Americans made the march into a grand spectacle of mass entertainment, with enormous ensembles holding forth in extravaganzas presented to tens of thousands of people -- a tradition that lives on today at halftime of any football game. The buyer of a CD of marches has numerous choices, but few of them introduce the march as well, keeping these ideas in mind, as does this collection by the Band of the Royal Swedish Air Force under the delightfully named Jerker Johansson. Swedish though it may be, this is a very American-sounding recording of marches. From the very first piece on the disc, Fucik's "Florentiner Marsch" (which is as exciting as "Entry of the Gladiators"), the trombones don't hold anything back. The ensemble is loud, large, and enthusiastic, and Johansson lets the style of the whole point toward the big American bands that fit the standards of the march repertory. And standards there are, aplenty. There's the inimitable "Colonel Bogey" of Bridge over the River Kwai fame; there's Charles A. Zimmerman's "Anchors Aweigh"; and for country music fans there's the original version of the dancehall standard "Under the Double Eagle" (it's the second strain that sends us whirling around the floor at two in the morning). It's by one Josef Franz Wagner, no relation to Richard. Sousa is represented by "The Liberty Bell," and several other pieces will sound familiar thanks to their inclusion on soundtracks down through the years. The presumably Swedish booklet writer Lars Johansson displays an impressive knowledge of American and British television (quick, sample track 14, Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette," and identify the shows in which it was used, without referring to the booklet). Each march is introduced, and plenty of worthwhile information about the lesser-known marches on the program is brought to light. (Translator Andrew Barnett, however, introduces a howler when he identifies the Army-Navy football game as a game between the Army and the Marines.) Several of the more obscure marches are fascinating on their own terms, and all fill out aspects of the march tradition as a whole. Semyon Tchernevsky, represented by the "Salyut Moskvy" (Salute to Moscow), is apparently familiar to Russians in the way Sousa is to Americans but little known elsewhere, and the marches included run all the way from Schubert to George Gershwin (the title piece from "Strike Up the Band"). In all, it would be hard to think of a single-disc march collection that is both more informative and more fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313254521
catalogNumber:
8557545
Rank:
350606

Tracks

  1. Florentiner-Marsch for orchestra, Op 214  - Julius Fucik  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  2. The Dam Busters, march from the film score  -  Eric Coates  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  3. Old Comrades (Alte Kameraden), march for band (or orchestra)  - Carl Teike  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  4. Strike Up the Band, song (from Strike Up The Band; both versions)  - George Gershwin  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  5. Entry of the Gladiators (Einzug der Gladiatoren), march for orchestra, Op. 68  - Julius Fucik  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  6. Under the Double Eagle for band (or orchestra), Op. 159  - Josef Franz Wagner  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  7. Wien bleibt Wien for orchestra, march  - Johann Schrammel  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  8. March of the Toys, for orchestra (from "Babes in Toyland")  - Victor Herbert  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  9. Colonel Bogey March for orchestra/band  - Kenneth J. Alford  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  10. The Liberty Bell, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  11. Heinzelmannchens Wachtparade, for chamber orchestra  - Kurt Noack  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  12. Marche Lorraine for brass ensemble  - Louis Ganne  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  13. Solinger Schützenmarsch (Solingen Shooting Club March), for band  - Franz von Blon  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  14. Funeral March of a Marionette, for piano or orchestra in D minor  - Charles Gounod  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  15. Valdres March for band (or orchestra)  - Johannes Hanssen  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  16. Preussens Gloria  - Johann Gottfried Piefke  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  17. Marche Militaire for piano, 4 hands in D major, D. 733/1 (Op. 51/1)  - Franz Schubert  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  18. Salute of Moscow March, for band  - Semeon Tchernetsky  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  19. Anchors Aweigh (Official song of the U.S. Navy)  - Charles A. Zimmermann  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  20. Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse  - Robert Planquette  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson
  21. Berliner Luft, operetta: The Air in Berlin  - Paul Lincke  -  Royal Swedish Air Force Band  - Jerker Johansson

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