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at Eastney; thus placing these service institutions on an equal footing, as regards recognition by the ancient guild, with the great civil schools, the R.A.M., R.C.M. and G.S.M.
At Kneller Hall composition is encouraged by the offer yearly of a prize for the best original work in the form of an overture, and here it is significant to note that the competitors sometimes exhibit an acquaintance with such advanced classic models as those represented by Brahms. (Mention is made of this latter fact merely as indicating the spirit of inquiry abroad among these young musicians.)
The Royal Naval School of Music is a particularly important institution, over four hundred students being under daily instruction. It supplies the entire navy with musicians—a truly gigantic undertaking—its obligations differing considerably thereby from those of the sister institution at Kneller Hall.
Mr. Farmer has already many claims to the gratitude of musicians by his very interesting work on the Royal Artillery Band, and this latest contribution to military musical history can only increase these claims and enhance his reputation as an industrious and intelligent writer on that subject.
Any light thrown on the very obscure history of military music can but prove acceptable to the musically curious, and the present volume will not be least welcome to those who, like myself, have, as students, so frequently deplored the paucity of works treating