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Just listening to music from the movie "Master and Commander". In the Napoleonic Wars the British drummed their men to quarters. To battle stations. For all I know they still do.
But listen to that and imagine being summoned from sleep, or meal, or work detail, or aloft to man your gun. Would certainly run your pulse rate up.
 

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Yep Bosun's whistle followed by "All hands to battle stations" then the screaming claxon.
 

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Better'n some idiot on a Bosun's whistle on the ship's intercom.
No apologies to the Bosun's Mates. You know what you did.

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Before and during WWII when the ship had at least one, the Ship's Bugler blew into the intercom to call the men to Battle Stations and much more.

On land, the long roll of the drums continued to call the men to formation up through the UnCivil War, however that was changed to Bugle Calls afterward.

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Before and during WWII when the ship had at least one, the Ship's Bugler blew into the intercom to call the men to Battle Stations and much more.

On land, the long roll of the drums continued to call the men to formation up through the UnCivil War, however that was changed to Bugle Calls afterward.

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Yeah? I'll bet the rank and file wanted to do in buglers and drummers too for waking them up.

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Ahem: "Canon" battles (among or between senior churchmen, presumably over dogma) haven't been settled with cannon in several centuries, at least among Christian factions.... Appropriate music would presumably be liturgical. :)

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1812 overture. Hands down.

The history of the piece:


Despite what the name might make you think, this work was actually composed in 1880 and first performed in 1882. Also contrary to what you might think, this work has nothing to do with the War of 1812 between the United States and the British. (Although it has become a patriotic favorite!)


This work was actually commissioned to commemorate Russia’s defense against Napoleon’s armies in 1812. If you listen closely, you can actually hear the themes of the French national anthem (the Marseillaise) as well as some traditional Russian folk songs and hymns.


What makes this piece particularly exciting is that it has a strong narrative. You can almost see the battle waging between the French and Russian armies. Tchaikovsky even employed real cannons and arranged for bells to ring from neighboring churches during the first performance.


With all the excitement and fanfare of this piece, who wouldn’t love it? Answer: Tchaikovsky himself—he hated it. For one, he was never big on huge displays of patriotism. He once even called it “very loud” and “noisy” and thought it lacked artistic merit. To be completely fair, HE was the one who chose to use cannons.



 

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Ahem: "Canon" battles (among or between senior churchmen, presumably over dogma) haven't been settled with cannon in several centuries, at least among Christian factions.... Appropriate music would presumably be liturgical. :)

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Canonical cannon. :thumb:
 
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The 1812 is certainly appropriate for any battle featuring cannon. But, for truly canonical battles, I would suggest 'Ein Feste Burg', Martin Luther's old anthem.

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I always feel a twinge of pity for the men who actually did this sort of thing for real way back when. It must've been absolutely terrifying. 🙏

 

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1812 overture. Hands down.

The history of the piece:


Despite what the name might make you think, this work was actually composed in 1880 and first performed in 1882. Also contrary to what you might think, this work has nothing to do with the War of 1812 between the United States and the British. (Although it has become a patriotic favorite!)


This work was actually commissioned to commemorate Russia’s defense against Napoleon’s armies in 1812. If you listen closely, you can actually hear the themes of the French national anthem (the Marseillaise) as well as some traditional Russian folk songs and hymns.


What makes this piece particularly exciting is that it has a strong narrative. You can almost see the battle waging between the French and Russian armies. Tchaikovsky even employed real cannons and arranged for bells to ring from neighboring churches during the first performance.


With all the excitement and fanfare of this piece, who wouldn’t love it? Answer: Tchaikovsky himself—he hated it. For one, he was never big on huge displays of patriotism. He once even called it “very loud” and “noisy” and thought it lacked artistic merit. To be completely fair, HE was the one who chose to use cannons.



There you go! Not only does artillery lend an air of dignity to what would otherwise be an uncivilized brawl, it can add counterpoint to fine music!

LOVED those 105 mm Howitzers!!

Gus
 
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As for martial music, suitable for all occasions, I have to agree with Kipling that there is nothing like the pipes: he said they always made him want to kill somebody...

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As for martial music, suitable for all occasions, I have to agree with Kipling that there is nothing like the pipes: he said they always made him want to kill somebody...

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Mike, I agree wholeheartedly. The pipes!!!
 
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