Julius Fucik is not a hugely familiar composer this is probably due to the type of music he composed. With a background in the military most of his work was for military bands. He composed over 400 military marches, polkas and waltzes.
He was born in Prague in 1872 and died in 1916 at the age of just forty four in Berlin. He died due to ill health at a time when his band and music publishing company were failing due to the affects of the First World War.
His two most famous pieces are the ‘Florentiner March’ and ‘Entry to the Gladiators’ also known as ‘Thunder and Blazers’ and ‘Grand Chromatic March’. This arrangement became popular as a Screamer march, which is circus music to introduce clowns and stir up the crowd. It is also played for rousing concert performances, as in Last Night of the Proms.