Meyerbeer, Coronation March

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)

Coronation March

Arranged for two bands by Wieprecht, modern edition by David Whitwell

Meyerbeer was in charge of the court music in Berlin when he composed this work for the ceremony in Konigsberg in 1861 when Wilhelm I (1797-1888) was made King of Prussia.

The Coronation March, as was the case with four ‘torch dances’ written for the court in Berlin, was composed in piano score and then scored for full military band by the head of Prussian band, Wilhelm Wieprecht.

No doubt for some opportunity concerned with the first performance, Wieprecht scored the work for two bands, a traditional Infantry band of woodwind and brass instruments and a smaller Cavalry band of brass instruments. In a note in the score, Wieprecht suggests that these two bands should not be placed side by side on an indoor stage, but rather the smaller brass band should be placed in a balcony. In an outdoor performance, however, the bands could be placed side by side. At the same time, Wieprecht scored the Cavalry band parts as cues in his full score, hence by merely passing out the Cavalry band parts to separate players this work can be played as if it were a composition for one large modern band.

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