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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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Early England.
Origin of warlike music—The drum, horn and trumpet of antiquity—Organisation with the ancient Egyptians—The Greeks and their special marching instrument, the flute—The variety of Roman military musicians—The ancient Britons and their war songs—The Saxons—Danes—Normans—The court and army minstrels under the Normans and Plantagenets— Early musical signals and fanfares ......... page 1
Revival op the Military Art.
Influence of the Crusades—Adoption of side drum and kettledrum^Origin of the band of minstrels—Trumpeters and drummers attached to cavalry and infantry—Regular musical signals adopted—The origin of the modern march—The old English drum march—The drum major           ...... page 12
Military Music (1500-1700).
The bagpipe, its rise and fall—The adoption of the fife— Rules and requirements for drummers and fifers—Earliest music for drums and fifes—The Commonwealth and its check to musical progress—The Restoration and the rise of the standing army—Adoption of cavalry kettledrums—Impress­ment of military musicians—The Royal Sergeant Trumpeter—
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