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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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PREFACE.
" A history of British military music ia much needed."— "Musical Times" (1897).
" The subject of military music .... has been strangely neglected in Germany and England."—W. Barclay Squire in Grove's "Dictionary."
"It is a curious fact that .... little or no attention is given to military bands, either in ... . musical dictionaries or encyclopaedias."—Robert A. Marr in "Music and Musicians."
"While historians revelled in descriptions of the grandeur of ecclesiastical compositions, of the music of the princely palaces or the royal playhouses, the music of the people has been passed over with almost contemptuous indifference . . . . as if they were .... ashamed to mention the poor cousin who found inspiration in the open air, or ' went a-soldiering.' "—■ J. A. KArPBY in "Military Music."
T HESE few extracts, serving in the van, as it were, may show how real is the complaint of musical litterateurs, that England, the land of such great military fame, should have no history of its military music. Not long ago, a well-known authority on military bands in America, Major F. A. Mahan, contributed a series of articles on " Military Band His­tory and Organisation" to the "Military Service Journal" (U.S.A.), in which he apologised for so many
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