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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (September 20, 2018): Charge at Burkel

On October 19, 1918 (100 years ago), the Charge at Burkel occurred in Belgium during the closing days of Word War I. The Charge at Burkel was the last cavalry change to occur in Europe. Burkel is located in the northwestern part of Belgium near Bruges. Beginning in August, the allied forces had made a number of attacks on the German lines. During mid-October, the Germans began retreating to the Hindenberg line. By October 19, the Belgium Army had recaptured much of Belgium, and the Germans had begun to rapidly retreat. During the initial opening battles of WW I, cavalry charges were used, but it soon became apparent that horses were no match for machine guns. So the Guides (light cavalry units that provided the honor guard for the Belgium King) were dismounted and used as infantry with their horses serving as pack animals. But when the Germans began to quickly flee, the Guides mounted their horses to chase after them. In the afternoon, Major Victor Van Strydonck was in command of two squadrons of the 1st Regiment of Guides. He received orders to cross the enemy and surprise the enemy from behind. After advancing in silence, the cavalry charged the Germans from the rear in the forest of Burkel at 4:30 p.m. Because the machine guns were pointed in wrong direction, the Belgians overcame the German line of defenses.

This edition begins with the march that commemorates the cavalry charge.

  1. Charge at Burkel
    Composer:  Simon Poulain (1906-2002)
    Performer:  Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
    Album:  Belgian Marches, Vol. 5
     
  2. March of the Fraternities of the Field Army 1914-1918
    Composer:  Arthur Prevost (1888-1967)
    Performer:  Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
    Album:  Belgian Marches, Vol. 5
     
  3. The Champ
    Composer:  Dizzie Gillespie (1917-1993)
    Performer:  Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchesta
    Album:  Music from "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
     
  4. Four
    Composer:  Miles Davis (1926-1991)
    Performer:  Various studio musicians
    Album:  Music from "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
     
  5. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home (1902)
    Composer:  Houie Cannon (1877-1912)
    Performer:  Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Album:  Preservation Hall Jazz Band
     
  6. Centenary March (2014)
    Composer:  Jean-Pierre Haeck (circa 1965- )
    Performer:  Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
    Album:  Belgian Marches, Vol. 5
     
  7. My Blue Heaven (1928)
    
Composer:  George Whiting (1884-1943) and Walter Donaldson (1893-1947)
    Performer:  Temperance Seven
    Album:  Pasadena
     
  8. Red Star Line "Belgenland" March
    Composer:  Jean Douliez (1903-1987)
    Performer:  Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
    Album:  Belgian Marches, Vol. 5
     
  9. Empress Maria Theresa Gavotte
    Composer:  Georg Furst (1870-1936)
    Performer:  German Air Force Band 1
    Album:  Bayrisch Blau (Bavarian Blue)
     
  10. Fire Brigade March
    Composer:  Gaston De Hauwere (1899-1957)
    Performer:  Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
    Album:  Belgian Marches, Vol. 5
     
  11. Annen Polka (1852)
    Composer:  Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)
    Performer:  German Air Force Band 1
    Album:  Bayrisch Blau (Bavarian Blue)
     
  12. March of the Belgian Armored Canon Cars in Russia
    Composer:  Arthur Prevost
    Performer:  Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides
    Album:  Belgian Marches, Vol. 5
     
  13. Hungarian Dance No. 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), arranged by Chuck Willet
    Performer:  Kalamos Clarinet Quartet
    Album:  Kalamos Clarine Quartet
     

Air Date: 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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