47er Regimentsmarsch

Concert Band

47er Regimentsmarsch

Traditional March, March
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The band of the 47th regiment was regarded “one of the finest of the Austrian army” (Domañski). Frequent deployments of his regiments to distant locations in Austria-Hungary on the one hand and the attractiveness of Vienna, the capital, made Wagner change his regiment; in 1891 he began his new tour with IR 49. In the years to come, social problems - there was no retirement pay for military bandmasters - and frictions between military necessities and his development as an artist presumably induced him to give up his present position in 1899. He then followed the example of famous colleagues such as Czibulka, Lehár, etc. and organized an orchestra of his own. Initially his concerts staged in the capital of the monarchy were extremely successful in his especial domain, namely Viennese music. These successes, however, dwindled and the musical life of highly decorated J.F. Wagner finally approached to its end. Wagner was a prolific composer. Many of his approx. 800 works were published. As its normal with a military bandmaster, the bulk of his music was marches. Apart from them he wrote numerous waltzes, overtures, some tone poems and pieces in the vein of Viennese music. Though he used a popular and easy musical language, this does not speak against the substance in his music, its enthusiasm, imaginative qualities and elegance of the musical material and the accuracy of the musical design (Brixel). The remarkable period success, also on an international level, of some of Wagner’s marches like “Under the Double Eagle”, “Sword of Austria” or of the “Gigerl March” made him the unrivaled (Austrian) march king.

During his employment as bandmaster of IR 47, Wagner composed his “47th Regimental March” which still today is one of the most frequently performed traditional Austrian marches and also an official march assigned to units of the Austrian Army. The dedication of his Opus 180 reads: “Most respectfully dedicated to His Excellency the Imperial and Royal True Privy Councilor, FZM Friedrich Freih. von Beck, Inhaber of IR 47, grand cross of the Order of Leopold, Knight of the Order of the Iron Crown, holder of the Military Merit Cross, life member of the Austrian House of Lords of the Reich Council, Chief of the General Staff by J.F. Wagner, bandmaster in the imperial and royal infantry regiment Freih. von Beck”.

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