Sei uns gegrüßt

Concert Band

Sei uns gegrüßt

Festmusik zum Empfang des Königs Friedrich August (1844)
WWV 71a

Concert Piece, Classic, Festive music, Classical Transcription
Grade Level:
Performance time:
Full Score + Parts
Order Number:
Release Date:


Richard Wagner wrote this festive composition in early April, 1844 in just few days after hearing King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony had returned from England. This action by his own authority offended Wagner’s superiors, the Baron of Luettichau and the musical director Karl Reissiger, but he calmed the waves by leaving the premiere conducting to Reissiger – Wagner himself sang in the choir. According to Wagner’s notes, 300 singers and 120 musicians performed the premiere in Pillnitz on August 12. Other sources mention 200 singers and 106 musicians. Whatever number may be right, the size of the choir and the orchestra must have been impressive and so the performance. It is striking that Wagner composed his homage to the King as an original work for wind instruments and male choir. This piece is more evidence that the master composer understood and used the wind orchestra’s potential. The advantages of a wind orchestra as compared to a symphony orchestra were apparently obvious back then, especially at open air performances. Wagner also liked the strong sound of wind instruments. Another interesting fact is that he never wrote an edition of this piece for symphony orchestra, just a version for one singer and piano. It seems like Wagner was of the opinion that an orchestral rendition of this work had to employ a large wind orchestra. In his autobiography, Wagner called the day of the premiere "the most beautiful summer day I can remember in my whole life".

You might like to consider ...

60,00 €
Add to Wishlist Listen Read Listen & Read Print Share
Klicken Sie hier um die "Teilen-Funktion" zu aktivieren

See also

Stabsmusikkorps der Japanischen Marine Tokio / Kazuhiko Kawabe CD (Compact Disc)



Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Tokyo Band Stabsmusikkorps der Japanischen Marine Tokio Tannhäuser Festival, Mosaichoralmente, Wildenstein, Sei uns gegrüßt (Festmusik WWV 71a), Liebesflammen, Dialog der Generationen, Venezia, ...

Johann Sebastian Bach / Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel / Siegfried Rundel Concert Band

Bist Du bei mir


The universal genius Johann Sebastian Bach ist still arousing admiration today and there is no composer, no musician that could get around his legacy. There is no composer whose works have been understood and interpreted so differentially and have ...

Richard Strauss / Eric Banks / Siegfried Rundel Concert Band

Festmusik der Stadt Wien


Richard Strauss (1864-1949) is revered not only for his programmatic orchestral music (tone poems) but also for his many songs and operas. Beyond his enormous importance as composer, conductor and theatre director he redefined the role of the artist. ...

Alfred Bösendorfer / Richard Wagner Concert Band

Tannhäuser Festival


Richard Wagner is mainly famous for his great and unique dramatic works, where he developed a comprehensive, holstic style as composer, librettist and stage director. His best-known operas are "Rienzi", "The Flying Dutchman", ...