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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (June 28, 2018): Death of Joyce Kilmer

At this time, 100 years ago, World War I was raging in Europe—especially an engagement called the Second Battle of the Marne, which began on July 15 and ended on August 6, 1918. During this battle, one of America’s most famous poets was killed. His name is Joyce Kilmer, and his most famous poem is “Trees.” Almost everyone has heard the first two lines of that poem: “I think I will never see/A poem lovely as a tree.” Monday, July 30, is the 100th anniversary of his death. So Brass, Reeds, and Percussion continues its commemoration of World War I by playing music of the years of the Great War. Brass, Reeds, and Percussion begins with a March written by John Philip Sousa in 1918.

The show also features a reading of Kilmer's poem "Rouge Bouquet," written in 1918 about a German artillery bombardment that entombed 14 American soldiers of the 169th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard. A member of this unit, Kilmer wrote a poem "When the Sixty-Ninth Comes Back," which in turn inspired Victor Herbert to write the march "When the 69th Comes Marching Back," heard on this show.

  1. White Rose (1918)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa 4
     
  2. When the 69th Comes Marching Back (with voice over)
    Composer:  Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
    Performer:  Regimental Band of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    Album:  Hereos of New York
     
  3. I Vow to Thee (with voice over)
    Composer:  Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Performer:  Central Band of the Royal British Legon
    Album:  Forever
     
  4. Roses of Picardy (1916)
    Composer:  Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) & Haydn Wood (1882–1959)
    Performer:  John McCormack, singing with unknown band
    Album:  Songs of World War I
     
  5. Roses of Picardy (1916)
    Composer:  Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) & Haydn Wood (1882–1959)
    Performer:  Central Band of the Royal British Legion
    Album:  Forever
     
  6. God Bless American (1918)
    Composer:  Irving Berlin
    Performer:  Regimental Band of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    Album:  Hereos of New York
     
  7. U.S. Field Artillery March (1917)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) and Edmund L. Gruber (1879-1941)
    Performer:  Gramercy Brass
    Album:  American Anthems
     
  8. Only Remembered (vocal)
    Composer:  Horatias Bonar (words, 1808-1889)
    Performer:  Central Band of the Royal British Legion
    Album:  Forever
     
  9. Only Remembered (instrumental, 1891)
    Composer:  Ira Sankey (music, 1840-1908)
    Performer:  Central Band of the Royal British Legion
    Album:  Forever
     
  10. March Funebre
    Composer:  Robert Browne Hall (1858-1907)
    Performer:  U.S. Navy Band
    Album:  Heritage of the March, Vol. 1
     
  11. Lassus Trombone (1915)
    Composer:  Henry Fillmore (1881-1956)
    Performer:  Dukes of Dixieland
    Album:  Fabulous Sound of Dukes of Dixieland
     
  12. Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty (1916)
    Composer:  Arthur J. Mills (1872-1930), Fred Godfrey (1880-1953) & Bennett Scott (1875–1930)
    Performer:  Ella Retford, singing with unknown band
    Album:  Songs of World War I
     
  13. Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty
    Composer:  Arthur J. Mills (1872-1930), Fred Godfrey (1880–1953) & Bennett Scott (1875–1930)
    Performer:  Central Band of Royal British Legion
    Album:  Forever
     
  14. Joyce's 71st New York Regiment March (1881)
    Composer:  Thornton B. Boyer (1858-1936), arranged by Mayhew Lake (1879-1955)
    Performer:  Regimental Band of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    Album:  Hereos of New York
     
  15. Tiger Rag (1917)
    Composer:  Nick LaRocca (1889-1961)
    Performer:  Pasadena Roof Orchestra
    Album:  Roots of Swing
     
  16. When the 69th Comes Marching Back
    Composer:  Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
    Performer:  Regimental Band of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    Album:  Hereos of New York
     

Air Date: 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

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