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Band of the Grenadier Guards - Merrie England



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The Band of the Coldtream Guards / Robert George Evans, John Mackenzie Rogan, James Causley Windram

This is the first album from BMMA to feature historic recordings of the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

The Band was attested in 1785 when the civilian musicians hitherto employed by the Coldstream Guards declined to perform at an aquatic excursion to Greenwich, as the concert was “incompatible with their several respectable and private engagements”. The Band has been in continuous existence ever since, making it one of the oldest active military bands in the world.

This album presents a typical bandstand style programme: popular tunes of the day, transcriptions from the classical repertoire, selections from contemporary operas and musicals, marches and novelty items.

Highlights include numbers from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, conducted by John Mackenzie Rogan, who took over as Director of Music in 1896, ushering the Band into the twentieth century; he later became the first Bandmaster to achieve commissioned rank.

The title track, Steps of Glory, is a medley arranged by Aubrey Winter comprising sections from many fine marches: Gaily through the World, Always Vienna, Constellation, Second to None, To the Front, Under Freedom's Flag, The Middy, Sons of the Empire, Wait for the Waggon, The Italian Retreat, Boys of the Old Brigade and Pro Patria.

Rose Marie is an operetta-style musical set in the Canadian Rockies, best remembered for the “Indian Love Call”, which became a signature tune of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.

Our Homeland tours patriotic British music: Heart of Oak, John Peel, A Hundred Pipers, Garry Owen, The Londonderry Air and Loudly Proclaim. It was arranged and conducted by another of the Band’s Directors of Music, Major Causley Windram, killed only four years after this recording when a flying bomb struck the Guards’ Chapel in London during Sunday service on 18 June 1944.
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Artikelnummer BMMAGG1604
Streckkod 0754422041621
Utgivningsdatum 2016-07-15
Kategori Marscher
Skivbolag British Military Music Archive
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Utövare
Artister Band of the Grenadier Guards
Disk: 1
1 German: Merrie England
2 Somers : Savoy Hunting Medley
3 Bishop: Lo! Here the Gentle Lark
4 Squire: Squire’s Popular Songs
5 Murray Goodhart: Eton Memories
6 German: A Princess of Kensington
7 Traditional: Songs of the Sea
8 Gay: The Beggar's Opera
9 Myddleton: The Rose, English Selection
10 Koenig: Post Horn Galop
11 German: Tom Jones
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