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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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of affairs was clearly one to be remedied. One very energetic bandmaster, Carl Boose, of the Scots Guards, had been striving for years to get someone to under­take the publishing of military band arrangements, but without success. Publishers were none too ready to risk money on such a venture. Nothing daunted, Boose decided to be his own printer and publisher. In the year 1845 he issued a selection from Verdi's " Ernani," which he not only arranged, but wrote the parts on stone for lithographing, and printed them himself. His publication soon attracted a good number of sub­scribers, and immediately commended itself to Messrs. Boosey and Co., who undertook the production of a periodical issue of these works as " Boose's Mili­tary Journal," 1846, appointing Boose sole editor. S6 great was the demand for this journal, that other pub­lishers hastened to launch similar craft. Jullien brought out a journal the following year under the direction of Charles Godfrey, senior, the bandmasterof the Cold­stream Guards. This was followed by an effort from Schott and Co., edited by their kinsman, A. J. Schott, bandmaster of the Grenadier Guards. Here were three bandmasters of the foot guards editing rival pub­lications. Of these, only two have survived, the first, now known as " Boosey's Military Journal," and the second which was acquired by Boosey's in 1857 as their "Supplementary Journal." These journals practically began the reform of our military music. Boose's and Jullien's publications being arranged on the same in­strumental plan, bands found it necessary to adapt
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