Merritts Hill Music

Merritts Hill Music

Military March in B flat

P. I. Tchaikovsky

Category: Brass Band

Duration: 4' 00"

Price: £18.50

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Tchaikovsky wrote this march at the request of his cousin Andrei Petrovich Tchaikovsky who commanded the 98th Yuriev Infantry. Tradition demanded that every regiment should have its own march and many officers were musical enough to write one themselves, but cousin Andrei saw no point when he could call on a professional.

Not being very confident at writing for band, Tchaikovsky sent a piano score for the regimental bandmaster to orchestrate, stipulating that whatever treatment it was given, the melody and harmony should be unchanged. This arrangement is lowered by a whole tone from the original key of B flat which the composer probably assumed would be good for brass but in practice is rather high.

Includes parts for F horns and bass clef parts for all the lower brass.

Also available for ten-piece.