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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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46               MILITARY MUSIC AND ITS STORY.
the organization of his military bands, for which Lully composed and arranged a large amount of music. As I have already observed, these first military bands in France consisted of oboes and drums, the authorities allowing generally two oboes and two drums to each company of infantry. Lully wrote for these in four parts, discant, alto, tenor and bass oboe (or bassoon) with two drum parts.5 In the year 1705, the composer Philidor, as the king's music librarian, collected an enormous number of these military pieces which Lully and himself had composed and arranged for the army, many of which are still preserved at the Paris Con­servatoire. Among them is the " Marche des Dragons du Roi" for hautbois,6 which is appended as an illus­tration of the music played by these bands.
March for Hautboys. " Dragons du Roi."
(Seventeenth Century.)
'Kappey, "Military Music." Kastner, " Manuel General de Musique Militaire," 1848.
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