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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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REVIVAL OF THE MILITARY ART.                 21
war-song of antiquity. As a strictly rhythmic piece of music for martial instruments, not only to stimulate and enliven troops, but to ensure a regular pace, it dates from the revival of the military art, about the late fifteenth century. Sir John Hawkins tells us in
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his "History of Music" (i;;6) that "the old English march of the foot was formerly in high estimation, as well abroad as with us; its characteristic in dignity and gravity, in which respect it differs greatly from the French, which, as it is given by Mersennus, is brisk and alert." Apropos of this, Sir John relates a bon mot of Sir Roger Williams, a soldier of the Elizabethan
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