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Julius Fučík

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 18, 1872 (Prague), Died September 25, 1916 (Berlin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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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. between January and 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 BA37 10-in. 5/28/1929 Regimentskinder Deutschmeister-Regimentskapelle 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  
Columbia (U.K.) CA17704 10-in. between October 1939 and January 1940 Entry of the gladiators Band of the Grenadier Guards [U.K] ; Lt. George Miller Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fučík, Julius," accessed August 15, 2022,

Fučík, Julius. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 15, 2022, from

"Fučík, Julius." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 15 August 2022.

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