Clarinet 3 in B^b part from March in D minor

4 minutes
Classical music

Shortly after completing Simon Sechter’s rigorous theory and counterpoint course in 1861, Bruckner continued his studies with the local (Linz, Austria) opera conductor Otto Kitzler. Besides performing his repertoire, Kitzler would also employ the orchestra for background music, and asked Bruckner to write some divertimenti. The 4 "orchestral pieces" he wrote in 1862 certainly fulfilled their purpose, except for this opening march! Unlike its modest companions, the bold march foreshadowed the symphonic Bruckner yet to come. As always I arranged this wind band version to bring the music to a new audience.

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