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PostSubject: Military Music. Its History and Purpose   Thu 03 Aug 2017, 15:27

So the Duke is played out with  'Sailing:' Military bands have broad repertoires I guess but no longer used to pump up the blood for battle. The use of drums seems to have been world wide to get a throb going but other music was also used by ancient cultures..... I think.  And not for signals alone. Or am I mislead by use thereof in epic films?
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PostSubject: Re: Military Music. Its History and Purpose   Wed 09 Aug 2017, 23:17

Priscilla,

did the whole evening research for ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese music and among that military music...
Tomorrow more.

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PostSubject: Re: Military Music. Its History and Purpose   Thu 10 Aug 2017, 21:47

Priscilla,

about ancient martial, military music I found not that much, but I found a lot about ancient music...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_music
Chinese troops used tàigǔ drums to motivate troops, to help set a marching pace, and to call out orders or announcements. For example, during a war between Qi and Lu in 684 BC, the effect of drum on soldier's morale is employed to change the result of a major battle.
The earliest trumpets were signaling instruments used for military or religious purposes and the modern bugle continues this signaling tradition.
Officers in command gave orders via sound from the trumpet because it contained a piercing tone and high volume which meant it could be heard in the midst of combat. Cavalry trumpets had a different timbre, so that their calls would not be mistaken for other sounds that were meant for to the infantry.

About ancient Greek military music I didn't find that much, but more on ancient Greek music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5fN6ekycm8&list=RDEIlexJbFXzs&index=12


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2478381/The-haunting-music-takes-1-800-years-Expert-records-100-accurate-version-song-heard-ancient-Greece.html

About Roman military music I found this: (and don't laugh with Asterix, because I read and contributed to a discussion on a French forum, where it was said (and it is true) that the author did meticulous historical research for all his cartoons)

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Asterix/02-RomanBrass.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_ancient_Rome

About Chinese military music I found only this:
From the book: "Civil-Military Relations in Chinese History" by Kai Filipiak. Page 14:
a long tradition of military music in China and its multifunctional use for signaling,marching, imperial ceremonies, escort service and as a medilum to raise the fihting spirit or celebrate a victory.
It used mainly wind and percussion instruments and was therefore called drum and wind music. 
goo.gl/of2HFL
And about the ancient Chinese music:
There are also examples (videos) in it how the instruments are played
http://quatr.us/china/art/music/music.htm
http://www.themusichistory.com/chinese-music-history.html


About another asiatic people: the Partians and their military music:
www.academia.edu/1264341/The_Use_of_Musical_Percussion_Instruments_in_Ancient_Eastern_Warfare_the_Parthian_and_Middle_Asian_Evidence



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PostSubject: Re: Military Music. Its History and Purpose   Thu 10 Aug 2017, 21:59

Addendum to the previous message.

About the Parthians, not that well known by us Westerners...only from the Roman Crassus...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthian_Empire


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