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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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T HE title of this chapter may appear somewhat strange, in reference to wind instrumental bands. But since it is obvious that music in general has not progressed without reference to the other arts, it follows that development of a particular phase of music must rely to some extent upon its course being shaped by other phases of the art. So that in dealing with the renaissance of musical culture in England which took place during the mid-nineteenth century, we may take it that wind bands made a move with the times. Mr. J. A. Fuller Maitland, in his " English Music in the Nineteenth Century," has chosen the beĀ­ginning of the second half of the nineteenth century as the period of this revival. Yet throughout his three hundred pages, he does not breathe one word concernĀ­ing wind bands.5 This is all the more remarkable when
' F. J. Crowest in his "Phases of Musical England," also completely ignores the military band. Fortunately a new era has dawned, and in the recently published " Musical England " by W. J. Galloway, a chapter (based mainly on information from the present writer's " Memoirs of the Royal Artillery Band ") is devoted solely to the subject.
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