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Length: approx. 3 ¼ mins.
Strauss had previously used the characteristic theme of this famous march written in 1848, the anapaests tatatam tatatam tatatam tam tam, in his Jubel-Quadrille. Its popularity in the Austro-Hungarian Empire was enhanced by the use of subversive phrases by the hoi polloi such as Wenn der Mut in der Brust seine Spannkraft übt or Wenn der Mops mit der Wurst übern Rinnstein springt to surreptitiously accompany it. The march celebrates of course Josef Graf Radetzky the then 82-year-old Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Austrian Army. The Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra has the tradition using this march to conclude their New Year concerts.
In this adaptation for recorder the treble voice has the bulk of the melody whilst the basses are fully occupied from start to finish. The tenors/descant have some/much bar-counting respectively - a real ensemble piece!
A tempo of 220 crotchets/min. is suggested.