Sunday Bandstand 28 November 2021

Sunday Bandstand 28 November 2021

This week's featured image is the CD cover for the 1988 recording by the Yorkshire Imperial Band 'Sounds of the White Rose'. The recording first appeared as a long-playing record in 1988 and was later re-released in a CD format.   From this CD we are featuring Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 Op 114 written by Carl Friedemann - whilst many listeners will have heard and played this piece but how much do you know about the composer.

Carl Bert Ulrich Friedemann (29.4. 1862 – 9.4. 1952) was a German-Swiss composer, conductor, and musician. He wrote symphonic music, chamber music, choral works, songs and 140 marches, many of which are still played by marching bands around the world.

He was born in Mücheln at Merseburg, in the modern Saxony-Anhalt state of Germany. As a child he received lessons for piano and violin. He studied music in Halle (Saale) and with the court conductor Emil Büchner in Erfurt. By 1883 he conducted the orchestra of the Reunion Theatre in Erfurt; he left this appointment in 1885. Meanwhile, he had also learned to play the clarinet. He then joined the band of the 71st Infantry Regiment in Erfurt and continued his musical training, also appearing as a soloist in local concerts as a violinist and pianist. He also served as conductor of various choirs and choral societies. On November 5, 1890, he passed the military band examination at the Academy of Music in Berlin.

On September 20, 1891, he became conductor of the band of the 113th Infantry Regiment based in Freiburg im Breisgau. He worked here for 21 years and his fame as a conductor and composer reached beyond national borders. In 1901 he was appointed Royal Kapellmeister in Baden and in 1906 he was appointed Royal Music Director. In January 1912 Friedemann conducted his regimental band at the Café Kropf in Freiburg for his farewell concert. For health reasons he left military music in 1912.

A new commitment was waiting for him in Bern, Switzerland. There he became head of the Bern Town Band, Stadtmusik Bern, and raised this wind orchestra to a respectable level. Friedemann made Bern's civic music well-known; he was on the jury of the Federal Music Festival 1906 in Freiburg, which awarded Bern's band the 1st Gold Medal in the first rank of the first city in that category. With this band he made trips to Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. When he retired in 1933, he was also made conductor laureate. In 1935 he was appointed Civic Music Professor because of his outstanding service. He also founded his own publishing company there and a music school. Friedemann died in Bern.


  • Admiral Marsch
  • Attaque de cavallerie: Charakterstück, Op. 145
  • Bayrisch blau Marsch
  • Concertino, Op. 182
  • Ehestandsgeplauder, Op. 54 
  • Fürst Egon Marsch, Op. 172
  • Fürst Max Egon-Fanfare, Op. 152
  • Fürstenberg-Fanfare
  • Kaiser Friedrich Marsch, Op. 66
  • Kaiser-Manöver-Marsch, Op. 81
  • Paraphrase on Radecke's Song "Aus der Jugendzeit", Op. 146
  • Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra
  • Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 114
  • Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 269
  • Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3, Op. 297
  • Symphony No. 1
  • Symphony No. 2
  • Gruss an Bern(March)

On this week’s show we have his Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 which is an old favourite of brass bands.

Playlist 28 November 2021

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Mühledorf - Derek Broadbent Brass Band Limburg (Switzerland) MD: Fred Dobbelstein - 2002  'Marching Brass' - CD - MARLSTONE CDL2207 - 2002 
A Victorian Rhapsody - Gordon Jacob Men O'Brass (Massed bands of Foden's, Fairey's  and Morris) MD: Harry Mortimer - 1971  'Harry Mortimer Diamond Jubilee Concert (King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester 1971' - Vinyl - EMI Records CSD3691 - 1971 
Russian Dance - Oscar Bohme  Cornet Soloist James Shepherd with the Ever Ready Band MD: Walter B. Hargreaves - 1978  'The Ever Ready Band Sounds of Brass Series' - Vinyl - Decca SB334 - 1978
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven arr. Derek Broadbent  Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Derek Broadbent  (Electric Bass Dave Lynane) -1981  'Brighouse and Rastrick in a Classical Mood' - Vinyl - Transatlantic Records Mitra 2017 Stereo - 1981
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 - Carl Friedemann (Composed 1903 Published 1904) Yorkshire Imperial Band MD: James Scott - 1988  'Sounds of the White Rose' - Vinyl - Kirklees Recording RR1002 - 1988
Pavanne from American Symphonette No. 2 - Morton Gould - written 1939 City of Coventry School of Music Band MD: Leonard Pepper - 1976  'The Band of the Coventry School of Music' - Vinyl - Hollick & Taylor LPS1514 - 1976
Sweet Gingerbread Man - Michel LeGrand  Concert Brass Band MD: Eric Banks - 1974  'Concert Brass No. 1 - A scratch band involving some of the top players of the time' - Vinyl Invicta Records INVIC10b - 1974 
Carnival of Venice - Remington  Euphonium Soloist Trevor Groom with GUS (Footwear) Band MD: Keith Wilkinson - 1984  'European Journey' - Vinyl - Kestrel Sound Recordings KES 8204 - 1984
Frere Jacques - Traditional arr. Denzil Stephens - 1982 Cory Band MD: Denzil Stephens - 1982  'BBC Television Brass Band Contest 1982' - Vinyl - Polyphonic Recording PRL 018 - 1982
Soldiers Chorus from Faust - Gounod Massed Male Voice Yorkshire Choirs with Hade Edge and Lockwood Band MD: Peter Kitson - 1979  'A Feast of Brass and Voices' - Double Vinyl - Look Records LK/LP6403 - 1979
L'Italiana in Algeri - Rossini arr. Major Peter Parkes - Black Dyke Mills Band MD Major Peter Parkes - 1988 Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1988 - CD released 2006  'Black Dyke Mills Overtures' - CD - Chandos Records CHAN4514-1988 - CD relaeased 2006
The Melody Makers - Darrol Barry Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 2004  'Caribbean Beat' - CD - Bernaert Records BR2004.027 - 2004
Waltzing Matilda -Traditional arr.  Gordon Langford  Hawthorn Band (Australia) MD: Ken MacDonald - 1994  'Colonial Brass' - CD -   Walsingham Classics WAL 9000-2 - 1994
Z'erschte Mau Läbe from Dallebach Kari - the Musical - Moritz Sneider and Robin Hoffman  arr. Corsin  Tuor Cornet Soloist Philippe Graf - Euphonium Soloist Tobias Reifer with the Brass Bnd Berner Oberland MD: Corsin Tuor - 2020  'Swissness' - CD - Lucerne Music Edition LME80 - 2020
Pineapple Poll i. Opening Number  ii. Jaspers Dance iii. Finale - Sir Arthur Sullivan arr. Geoffrey Brand Spillers (Gainsborough) Band MD: John Golland - 1977  'Diversions' - Vinyl -  SLCW 1034
A Song for the Sea - Tom Davoren  Trombone Soloist Brett Baker with the Filton Concert Brass MD: Tom Davoren - 2018  'Tales from the West Country' - CD - RAS Audio Services  WR13-14 - 2018
Glory Hallelujah - Kevin Larsson International Staff Band BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2017  'Endeavour...A Weekend with the ISB' - CD - SP&S CD409 - 2017
Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) - Franz von Suppe Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2018  'The Art of Brass' - C D - SP&S DOY CD382 - 2018
Concertino in Eb - Ernst Sachse arr. Glover and Lewis  Soprano Soloist Mattias Ekberg with the Gothenburg Brass Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2007  'In Perfect Peace - IN Memory of the Conductor Bengt Eklund - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD233 - 2007
North Country Pastorale - Ray Steadman-Allen BT Band MD: John Maines - 1993  'Celebration' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD026 - 1993
Roll Away Bet - J. Ord Hume Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1995  'Great British Marches' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY039 - 1995
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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