Episodes of WLRH Programs

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (July 8, 2017)

On this episode of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion, you can hear a French military march with an intriguing Alabama connection.

On June 14, 1800, Napoleon defeated the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo in Piedmont, Italy. That's in northeastern Italy, south of Milan and east of Turin. This victory consolidated Napoleon's position as first consul. After the victory, two things happened. First, a march was written often called “Marengo,” but the full title is the “March of the Consul's Guard at the Battle of Marengo”—and the French military still plays it. Second, Napoleon was defeated and exhiled to Elba. Around 1817, some of his supporters left France and settled near Demopolis, Alabama, in Marengo County. So that's the connection between the battle, the march, and Alabama.

  1. Marengo
    Composer:  Traditional, circa 1800
    Performer:  Band of the Republican Guard
    Album:  1er Grand Prix de Rome
     
  2. The Music Makers
    Composer:  Alfred Reed (1921-2005)
    Performer:  Band of the Royal School of Music
    Album:  Ceremonial Occasion
     
  3. March of the von Thadden Regiment
    Composer:  Unknown, circa 1800
    Performer:  German Air Force Band 4 Berlin
    Album:  Altpreussische Militarmusik
     
  4. March of the von Bornstedt Regiment
    Composer:  Unkonwn, circa 1780
    Performer:  German Air Force Band 4 Berlin
    Album:  Altpreussische Militarmusik
     
  5. Le Marc Antoine March
    Composer:  Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
    Performer:  Band of the Republican Guard
    Album:  1er Grand Prix de Rome
     
  6. When This Cruel War Is Over (1863)
    Composer:   Carroll Sawyer (lyrics) and Henry Tucker (music)
    Performer:  Olde Towne Brass
    Album:  Yankee Bands in Dixie's Land
     
  7. Soldiers
    Composer:  Col. Trevor Sharpe, arranger
    Performer:  Band of the Royal School of Music
    Album:  Ceremonial Occasion
     
  8. Fascinating Drums
    Composer:  Ted Huggens
    Performer:  Regimental Band of Argyll and Suterland Highlanders
    Album:  Drums a' Plenty
     
  9. Precision in Percussion
    Composer:  Lt. Col. D. R. Kimberley
    Performer:  Band of Grenadier Guards
    Album:  Drums a' Plenty
     
  10. Moventa
    Composer:  Andre Juntras
    Performer:  Band of the Cadian Forces School of Music
    Album:  Drums a' Plenty
     
  11. Have You Got Any Castles?
    Composer:  Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) and Richard Whiting (1891-1938)
    Performer:  West End Jazz Band
    Album:  We're in the '20s
    Also see cartoon based on this song.
     
  12. Zulu Wail
    Composer:  Frank Skinner and Irving Bibo (music, 1889-1962)
    Performer:  West End Jazz Band
    Album:  We're in the '20s
     

Air Date: 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

©2017 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574