Entry of the Gladiators – letter notes from songbook

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In this song we used chords (to play with the left hand). If you do not know how to play chords yet, you can try playing this melody with your right hand only, or learn how to play chords. We described it here: How to make chords?

About song and easy letter notes

Dive into the spectacular world of circus music with the iconic “Entry of the Gladiators,” a piece that transports anyone straight under the big top from the first note. Composed in 1897 by Czech composer Julius Fučík, originally titled “Grande Marche Chromatique” due to its chromatic scales, it was later dubbed “Entry of the Gladiators” and arranged for a military band. Fučík, often referred to as the “Bohemian Sousa,” had a penchant for lively, march-style compositions, and this piece is no exception. While it was intended to evoke a grand, heroic entrance, it’s now synonymous with the whimsical atmosphere of the circus, especially in the United States where it became the backdrop to acrobats, clowns, and circus acts, thanks to its adaptation by Canadian composer Louis-Philippe Laurendeau.

For anyone embarking on learning to play the piano or keyboard, “Entry of the Gladiators” with its letter notes from our piano book for beginners makes it accessible and immediately rewarding. This piece, with its recognizable melody and rousing pace, is a fantastic choice for those using keyboard stickers or letter notation to guide their play. It’s a piece that transcends age, making it a fitting selection for a piano songbook for kids, yet equally enjoyable for adults venturing into piano lessons for the first time. Engaging with this piece allows beginners to delve into a bit of musical history, understand the cultural associations tied to the circus, and appreciate the joy that can be found in playing music. Whether you’re a child or an adult, learning “Entry of the Gladiators” offers a fun, easy entry point into the vast world of music, making it a staple in any piano learning book for adults or piano book for kids.

Entry of the Gladiators letter notes
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Some of the notes on our website contain the full version of the song, and some are excerpts, or for example the very beginning, chorus or verse, etc. Full versions of all the notes can be found in our books and e-books: SHOP.

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