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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (March 24, 2018): Commemorating the Somme Defensive

On March 21, 1918, during WW I, the Germans began an attack on the British-held Somme front, roughly located at Amiens, France on the Somme River. Amiens is located about 60 miles directly north of Paris. Sixty-two German divisions began the assault that attempted to divide the French and British armies. This attack is typically referred to as the Somme Defensive, and it was the first major battle during WW I in which a significant number of American troops participated. So today’s edition of BRP will commemorate this event by playing music that might have been heard during that period. In particular, we’ll begin with a recording that will be 100 years old tomorrow. Also see Operation Michael.

  1. Tiger Rag (recorded March 25, 1918)
    Composer:  D. J. "Nick" LaRocca (1889-1961)
    Performer:  Original Dixieland Jazz Band
    Album:  1918: Like the Sunshine After Rain
     
  2. Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning (recorded 1918)
    Composer:  Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
    Performer:  Arthur Fields (singer) and band
    Album:  1918: Like the Sunshine After Rain
     
  3. Voice of the Guns (1917)
    Composer:  Frederick Joseph Ricketts a.k.a. Kenneth Alford (1881-1945)
    Performer:  Texas A&M University Band
    Album:  Legacy of the March, Vol. 1
     
  4. Requiem: Introit
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Karnten
    Album:  Trauermusik
     
  5. Requiem: Dies Irae
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Karnten
    Album:  Trauermusik
     
  6. Requiem: Sanctus
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Karnten
    Album:  Trauermusik
     
  7. Requiem: Benedictus
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Karnten
    Album:  Trauermusik
     
  8. Requiem: Agnus Dei
    Composer:  Julius Fucik (1872-1916)
    Performer:  Austrian Army Band Karnten
    Album:  Trauermusik
     
  9. Only Remembered from "War Horse"
    Composer:  James Reese Europe (1880-1919)
    Performer:  Regimental Band of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    Album:  Hereos of New York
     
  10. 369th Regimental March
    Composer:  F. Eugene Mikell (1880-1932)
    Performer:  Regimental Band of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    Album:  Hereos of New York
     

Air Date: 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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