Julius Arnost Wilhelm Fu?ík (18 July 1872 – 15 September 1916) was a Czech composer and conductor of military bands.
Fu?ík spent most of his life as the leader of military brass bands. He became a prolific composer, with over 300 marches, polkas, and waltzes to his name. As most of his work was for military bands, he is sometimes known as the "Bohemian Sousa".
Today his marches are still played as patriotic music in the Czech Republic. However, his worldwide reputation rests on one work: his Opus 68 march, the Entrance of the Gladiators (Vjezd gladiátor?), which is universally recognized, often under the title Thunder and Blazes, as one of the most popular theme tunes for circus clowns.
Another composition, The Florentiner March, composed as a grand march for an opera never completed, is not as popular as Entrance of the Gladiators, but it is regularly performed and recorded by wind ensembles.
Fu?ík was the uncle of the journalist Julius Fu?ík, executed by the Nazi regime.
|Name||Composer||Pages||SN Price||TB Price|
|Entry of the Gladiators||Fucik||6||7.95||8.95|