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festival march 

opus number
54 
Burghauser catalogue number
88 
composed
January / February 1879 
premiere - place and date
23 April 1879, Praha 
premiere - performer(s)
Provisional Theatre Orchestra, conductor Adolf Cech 
main key
C major 
instrumentation 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, triangle, harp, violins, violas, cellos, double basses
duration
approx. 5 min. 


The Festival March is an occasional piece written as an introduction to a gala performance to mark the silver wedding of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife, the Empress Elisabeth. The music is ceremonial in character and ends with an impressive coda.