Netherlands: Groot repertorium Brass Band 3e Divisie

The piece „Fight for Liberty" has been commissioned by the Austrian Brass Band Fröschl Hall. It is based on historical events that occurred during the Tyrolean struggle for freedom in 1809. Here is a short summary of these events:
The Tyrolean struggle for freedom in 1809
The People of Tyrol were pious and much attached to their many religious traditions. When people in power outlawed these ancient traditions, the People of Tyrol took up arms in preparation of a popular rising. The first battle was fought on 11 April 1809 and is now known as the first battle at "Bergisel": Tyrolean troops mounted an offensive on Innsbruck and attacked the city from all directions. On 12 April Tyrol was liberated! The leader of the rising was Andreas Hofer, an inn keeper from the town of Saint Leonard in Passiria. The French emperor Napoleon was at war with Austria.
19 May: The French commander Lefebvre is entering Innsbruck. 25 May: Andreas Hofer sends messengers into all Tyrolean valleys urging people to rise up.
29 May, Andreas Hofer, Pater Joachim Haspinger and Speckbacher storm "Bergisel", an event that goes down in history as the second battle of "Bergisel" (Hofer prays for God's help during the Corpus Christy festivities). The enemies have to flee during the night, in the cover of darkness, due to their enormous losses. For the first time in history Tyrol is free.
On 30 July Lefebvre returns with his troops but suffers two humiliating defeats, first at the „Pontlatzer" Bridge and again near Franzensfeste in Southern Tyrol. 13 August, third battle at "Bergisel": Peter Mahr, Innkeeper at Mahr, Speckbacher and Haspinger defeat the French troops. Lefebvre retreats from Innsbruck during the night from 14 to 15 August and Andreas Hofer occupies the Castle (Hofburg). 15 August. Hofer's had many worries. The Austrian emperor signed a peace treaty with Napoleon. Tyrol was annexed Bavaria. The last battles around Innsbruck were fought in the nights around All Saints' Day. Defeated, Andreas Hofer flees into the mountains, taking refuge on the "Pfandlalm". Franz Raffl, a local farmer, betrays Hofer and delivers him to the enemies who incarcerate him and deport him to Mantua before executing him on 20 February 1810.
The beginning of the piece (bars 1- 66) symbolises the dominion of Napoleon; Fanfares and majestic sounds represent the might of this French conqueror and the unchallenged dominance of the French empire. The following quiet part (bars 66-80) symbolizes the piousness and traditions of Tyrol. Unrest builds up amongst the Tyrolean People because of the ban of many of their traditions (bars 80- 112). The desire for a liberation battle grows (bars 80 – 140). The following part describes the three „Bergisel" battles lead by Andreas Hofer (bars 140-347), and the following leggiero (starting at bar 347) symbolises Hofers entrance into Innsbruck Castle (Hofburg). The last battles around Innsbruck are described in the bars after 381, until 4 bars before 409 when Hofer admits defeat and flees into the mountains. He is betrayed by the farmer Franz Raffl and is arrested by the French (bar 435). The final stroke of the bass drum symbolises the gunshot of Andreas Hofer's execution.

THE COMPOSER
Born the 26 October 1977, Mario Bürki studied wind orchestral conducting at the Berne conservatory. He also followed courses in composition with Urs Peter Scheider and conducting under the direction of Toshiyuki Shimada and Andreas Spörri. His first grand scale work Scenes of Max and Moritz gained a second place in the composition contest in Lucerne organized by the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles ( WASBE). During the Flicorno d'Oro junior contest (Italy), Indian Fire was awarded a special prize in acknowledgement of its originality. Mario Bürki is regularly commissioned to write for Wind and Brass Band. Two of his works (Cap Hoorn und 1405 : Der Brand von Bern) were premiered at the Mid-Europe Conference in Schladming and several have been chosen as set testpiece for contests. Alongside his composing he conducts various Wind Bands and teaches trumpet and theory. Mario himself plays the trumpet, the piano and the organ.

Publication details:
Title Fight For Liberty
Composer Mario Bürki
Instrumentation Brass Band
Duration 14.00
Difficulty Medium/Difficult
Countries availability
Not available in Germany, United Kingdom

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Fight For Liberty (BB)



  • Composer: Mario Bürki
  • Title: Fight For Liberty
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Instrumentation :Brass Band
  • Duration :14.00
  • Difficulty :Medium/Difficult
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  • € 132.50


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