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Length: approx. 2¾ mins. Sounds best if the bass is doubled
The Entry of the Gladiators (also known as Thunder and Blazes) is, using the language of circus musicians, a "screamer" par excellence. "Screamers" are exactly that i.e. fast moving compositions designed to support but never hinder the rhythm of the various circus acts - sounds in motion - so-to-speak. This form of music was developed from fast polkas, galops and can-cans and is characterised by having is a solid rhythm section of low brass instruments. This recorder adaptation also greatly benefits by the employment of plenty of basses.
This splendid evergreen march is also the official theme song of the World Weightlifting Federation just to name but one of a plethora admirers ranging from Monty Python to the ABC Weekend's TV series Super Circus.
The Entry of the Gladiators was originally published under the name of Vjezd Gladiátor by Joh. Hoffmann's Wwe., Prague and its US copyright dates from 1900.
A tempo of 220 crotchets/min. is suggested.
This recorder adaptation is respectfully dedicated to Heinz [Rudolf] Seidelmann, a good friend and Electrician-in-Chief of Bremen, Germany in happy remembrance of our gladiatorial entrances.