Spaeth, Six Fantasies for Queen Victoria

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The Six Fantasies for band by André Spaeth are all based on original songs composed by Prince Albert, Consort to Queen Victoria, and were probably created from the Prince's original manuscripts.

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André Spaeth
Six Fan­tasies for Queen Victoria
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell

Date: ca. 1850
Dura­tion: 47:00
Instru­men­ta­tion: Wind Ensem­ble (Con­cert Band with­out sax­o­phones and euphonium)
Dif­fi­cul­ty: Lev­el 4, Medium

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André Spaeth, in 1838, became the Kapellmeis­ter for the Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the father of Prince Albert, the hus­band of England’s Queen Vic­to­ria. Ear­li­er he had lived and worked in Switzer­land and by 1849 Spaeth was con­sid­ered one of the most flu­ent and pop­u­lar com­posers of the mid-nine­teenth cen­tu­ry [Glass­ner, 1849]. His works includ­ed five operas, much church music, mil­i­tary march­es and edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als for piano.

The Six Fan­tasies for band were writ­ten between 1838 and 1861, the date of the death of Albert, and are ded­i­cat­ed to Queen Vic­to­ria of Eng­land. These Fan­tasies were all based on orig­i­nal songs com­posed by Prince Albert, Con­sort to Queen Vic­to­ria. As Albert’s songs were not pub­lished until 1882, it seems appar­ent that Spaeth worked from the orig­i­nal man­u­scripts of the prince.