Although known primarily as a composer of operas and tone poems, Richard Strauss also wrote a number of marches and fanfares. This march was premiered in 1907 for a palace concert in Berlin, with Strauss conducting. During this concert, King Wilhelm II granted Strauss a citizenship award, and the piece is dedicated to the king. The march incorporates the Romantic forces of rich scoring, rigorous flourishes and a bold sense of harmonic power as well as a lyrical trio for winds and horns and an unusual hymn section for brass. --James Huff 00:21, March 26, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)