Biography of

Josef Franz Wagner

20 mar 1856 (Vienna) - 5 jun 1908 (Vienna)
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Josef Franz Wagner (20 March 1856 – 5 June 1908) was an Austrian military bandmaster and composer.[1] He is sometimes known by the sobriquet 'The Austrian March King'.[2]

He is best known for his 1902 march Unter dem Doppeladler or Under the Double Eagle, referring to the double eagle in the coat of arms of Austria-Hungary.[citation needed] The march became a favourite part of the repertoire of American composer and bandleader John Philip Sousa, who recorded it three times.[citation needed] The piece is now the official regimental march of the 1st Austrian Artillery Regiment Number 2.[citation needed]

Wagner's other most popular pieces are the Holzhackerbaum march and the Jolly Lumberjack polka. In 1895, his only opera, Der Herzbub, premiered in Vienna.[3]


  1. ^ PastMasters public domain web listing for Josef Wagner.
  2. ^ Rehrig, William H. The Heritage Encyclopeida of Band Music, Volume 2. Integrity Press, 1991.
  3. ^ J.F. Wagner on Stanford composers site.

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