This march was composed by Johann Strauss Sr. and dedicated to Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz. First performed on 31 August 1848 in Vienna, it soon became popular among regimented marching soldiers. Strauss was commissioned to write the piece to commemorate Radetzky’s victory at the Battle of Custoza.
Along with the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr., the piece became an unofficial Austrian national anthem.
This arrangement of the entire piece makes for a wonderful recital number, well-known and appreciated by everyone!
Key: D major
Mood: happy, victorious
Pedagogy: arpeggios, scales, staccato, dynamics