Julius Ernest Wilhelm Fučík (Czech: [ˈjulɪjus ˈfutʃiːk]; 18 July 1872 – 25 September 1916) was a Czech composer and conductor of military bands. He became a prolific composer, with over 400 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. His worldwide reputation rests primarily on two works: "The Florentiner March", popular throughout much of Europe, and the "Entrance of the Gladiators" (Vjezd gladiátorů), which is widely recognized, often under the title "Thunder and Blazes", as one of the most popular theme tunes for circus clowns.
Fučík was the brother of opera singer and bass player Karel Fučík and uncle of the journalist Julius Fučík, who was murdered by the Nazi regime.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 18th, 1872 (Prague), Died September 25th, 1916 (Berlin)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-1851||10-in.||10/28/1904||Entry of the gladiators march||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-8507||10-in.||12/28/1909||Florentine march||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-10365||12-in.||5/19/1911||Marche fantastique||Kryl's Bohemian Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-11862||10-in.||4/12/1912||Unter der Admiralsflagge||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39076||10-in.||7/5/1927||Die Regiments Kinder march||Albrecht Schrammel Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-42586||10-in.||4/2/1928||Thunder and blazes march||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-62432||10-in.||5/25/1930||Entry of the gladiators||Merle Evans ; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Band||Band, with calliope||composer|
|Victor||BVE-87874||10-in.||2/6/1935||Florentiner march||Lenoir High School (N.C.). Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BS-01156||10-in.||9/8/1936||Entry of the gladiators||Anthony Galla-Rini||Piano-accordion solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-041472||10-in.||9/19/1939||Entry of the gladiators||Art Hinett Threesome||Jazz/dance trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-73||10-in.||3/6/1929||Calliope record||Sigmund Krumgold||Calliope||composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-74||10-in.||3/7/1929||Calliope||Sigmund Krumgold||Sound effects||composer|
|Columbia||4463||10-in.||ca. Jan.-July 1910||Florentine march||Prince's Military Band||Band||composer|
|Brunswick||DB29||10-in.||9/18/1928||Entry of the gladiators||Duophone Military Band ; Charles Leggett||Band||composer|
|Edison||2453||10-in.||9/11/1913||Gladiator march||Band (unidentified; Edison Records)||Band||composer|
|Edison||2968||10-in.||Mar. 1914||Entry of the gladiators||New York Military Band||Band||composer|
|Gramophone||15418b||10-in.||5/30/1911||Polka fantastique||Carl Borgwald||Bassoon solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Leeds & Catlin||[L & C cat 45753]||10-in.||between late 1908 and early 1909||Thunder and blazes||Band (probably Leeds & Catlin house band)||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fucík, Julius," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105318.
Fucík, Julius. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105318.
"Fucík, Julius." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.
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