A. Selections from
"Follow the Drum: Military Music of the early 19th Century"
delightful CD was put together by the Friends of Fort York and captures a
beautiful selection of British martial music of the Napoleonic Wars.
Not only are the pieces well researched, they are stirring to the heart of
any military heritage enthusiast. (the following 3 tunes are in .WMA
is drawn from an 85th Light Infantry Officer's account while serving in the War of 1812
(Gleig, Robert A Subaltern in America); Melody - The Light
Infantry Officer, Cooper, 1806/Potter, Samuel 1804; Harmony - Potter,
Samuel 1804; Drum beating - Clark, Benjamin 1797. (tune longer on
is from John Shipp's The Path of Glory . Shipp started his military career as
a drummer. Melody - Buttrey Manuscript c.1790; Drum
Beating - Ashworth, Charles. A New Useful and Complete System of Drum Beating
/ Potter, Samuel The Art of Beating the Drum (tune longer on CD).
C. Fife and Drum Sound
All these Real Audio
sound clips are performed by The Fifes and Drums of the 41st Regiment of Foot
at Fort George National Historic Site. Special thanks goes to
Fort George for allowing us to broadcast these tunes on our website.
Gin Lane has
captured the essence of the 18th century on one CD. They take their
name from the famous Hogarth work "Gin Lane" illustrated a dark
yet humorous view of life in the streets of
18th century England. Daily music
heard outside the opera houses and cathedrals does not receive the
attention it deserves and the members of Gin Lane have
rectified this with this CD. Frequent patrons of the taverns and ale
houses of Great Britain and the colonies, this is the music soldiers would
have heard and enjoyed. You can as well.