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The Rise & Development Of Military Music

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Brigade, who wrote the march, " I'm Ninety-Five "; John Hartmann, of the Fourth Regiment, Twelfth Lancers, etc., the composer of "An Evening in Berlin"; Crowe, of the Fourteenth Light Dragoons, of Covent Garden Promenade Concert fame; Basquit, of the Fifty-eighth Regiment, who wrote the waltzes, "Kleine Camarad" and " Pastoral Songs "; Bonnisseau, of the Scots Greys, who composed the fantasia, " Robert Bruce"; Relle, of the Twenty-eighth Regiment, well known for his dance music, " Farewell Waltz " and " Spanish Beauty QuadĀ­rille "; J. Hecker, of the Eighty-fourth Regiment, comĀ­poser of the fine waltzes, " Zephir Lufte," " Perlen der Gedanken" and "Die Schwebenden Geister"; Tam-plini, of the Forty-eighth, Ninety-sixth and Twenty-fourth Regiments, the author of the "Bandsman"; Foster, of the Ninth Regiment, who wrote the overture, " Rob Roy "; Morelli, of the Seventy-sixth Regiment, a fine arranger; J. Sidney Jones, of the Fifth Dragoon Guards (father of the composer of the " Geisha"), founder of the Yorkshire Training College of Music. They mostly belonged to that old class of civilian bandmasters long since passed away, one of whom J. Hamilton Clarke describes in his "Two Chorus Girls ": "A fair musician, an enthusiast in the art, and a perfect gentleman, he was worshipped by the men, whose studies were a matter of personal interest to him, and whose difficulties he always smoothed for them as if he were a college tutor and they undergraduates."
When our bands were making great strides, several of those on the Continent were in the grip of parsi-
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