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Festmarsch in D major, WoO3
1825; Tempo di marzia – Trio; composed for the marriage of Princess Marie of Kassel to Duke Bernhard of Saxe-Meiningen on 23 March 1825

'Spohr: Symphonies Nos 7 & 9' (CDA67939)
Spohr: Symphonies Nos 7 & 9
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Track 11 on CDA67939 [5'22]

Festmarsch in D major, WoO3
Spohr’s memoirs go into some detail about the genesis of the Festmarsch in D major, WoO3. It was written along with the opera Der Berggeist for the marriage of the Kassel electoral prince’s daughter, Princess Marie, to Duke Bernhard of Saxe-Meiningen on 23 March 1825. Spohr says that the march was played as the newly married couple and the wedding guests moved in procession from the banqueting hall to the White Saloon, to be immediately encored. Spohr was required to incorporate an old German dance tune, the Großvatertanz (‘Grandfather’s Dance’), that was particularly associated with marriage—this tune was also used by Schumann in his piano pieces Papillons and Carnaval. Spohr, even in such a slight piece composed for a one-off occasion, does not allow his standards to drop. After a rousing opening on full orchestra the strings continue the march rhythm, but the woodwind introduce the ‘Grandfather’ tune in 6/4 time and, when this later reappears reinforced with trumpets and drums, they add a cheeky little four-bar pendant.

from notes by Keith Warsop © 2012
Chairman, Spohr Society of Great Britain

Track-specific metadata
Details for HYP201203 track 2
Recording date
19 August 2011
Recording venue
Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland
Recording producer
Ben Connellan
Recording engineer
Michael Rast
Hyperion usage
  1. Spohr: Symphonies Nos 7 & 9 (CDA67939)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: March 2012
  2. Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2012 (HYP201203)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: March 2012
    Download-only monthly sampler
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