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Franz Schubert:
Marches Not Written for Bands and Parades

Even though Schubert's Marche Militaire has the word "march" in the title, it was never actually meant for anyone to march to. Several other composers wrote march music without bands or parades in mind.

Music heard in this episode:
Schubert: Marche Militaire
Clarke: Prince of Denmark’s March
Chopin: Piano Sonata in b flat minor
Meyerbeer: Coronation March from Le Prophete
Verdi: Triumphal March from Aida
Wagner: March from Tannhauser
Wagner: Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Mendelssohn: Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tchaikovsky: March from The Nutcracker
Berlioz: March to the Scaffold from Symphonie Fantastique
Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Schubert: Marche Militaire

Other shows about Franz Schubert:
Firsts for the New Year
About Franz Schubert
Take Me to Your Lieder
Music for Piano Four Hands

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About Franz Schubert
1/31/1797 - 11/19/1828
Born in Austria

Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria. In addition to playing several instruments, Franz also sang very well. When he was 10, he was accepted at the Imperial and Royal Seminary, which trained boys for the Court Chapel Choir. That choir still exists today as the Vienna Boys' Choir.

Schubert wrote his first symphonies for his school orchestra, and for friends of the family who used to get together to play -- the whole Schubert family was very musical.

Schubert also wrote piano, choral, and chamber music, but he is probably most famous for composing over 600 songs.

See other composers born in Austria


This Week's Quiz:

1. In which opera does the Triumphal March appear?

The Magic Flute

William Tell



2.Who wrote the opera Lohengrin, which contains the traditional wedding march?

Johannes Brahms

Georges Bizet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Richard Wagner

3. Who wrote the music for the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark?

George Gershwin

John Williams

William Grant Still

Aaron Copland


Franz Schubert
Marche Militaire

Composed in 1822
Performed by
Balazs Szokolay, piano

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