ROBERT VOLLSTEDT (1854 - 1919)
Robert Vollstedt was once a very popular composer from Hamburg. He wrote over 400 pieces, mainly for dancing, and also many marches, including this one. Vollstedt’s best known work was the waltz Lustige Brüder (‘Jolly Brothers’) composed in 1903, a popular item in the repertoire of John Philip Sousa’s band, and later recorded by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops in America. Another was the Comic Cake Walk, played by the orchestra on the fateful Titanic’s voyage and included in the recording from the film And the band played on. Much of Vollstedt’s music has not survived, and of that which does, the majority is for piano solo. His only recorded collection of works is of some marches, made many years ago in America by the Central Methodist College Band. Vollstedt was an accomplished clarinettist, and published in Leipzig a comprehensive musical exercise book Schule für die Klarinette, as his Op. 114.