Imperial march
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Military music was popular with the public because of spectacle, melody and patriotism, and in the nineteenth century this patriotism increasingly involved the Empire and imperialist sentiment. The royal family always took a particular interest in military music. But the military band was also the inspiration for the brass band. There were Imperial Marches by G.H. Dickens, Charles H. Ridee, S. Gatty Sellars and E.E. Bagley, and an Imperial Britain March by Thomas A. Chandler. John Mackenzie-Rogan gives a fascinating first-hand account of the royal and imperial occasions to which he was party. In 1907 Rogan was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Toronto. Mackenzie-Rogan was succeeded as the doyen of military music by Major Frederick Joseph Ricketts. The march entered the mainstream of art music through the opera and ballet of seventeenth-century France. Sir Arthur Sullivan and Edward Elgar both composed Imperial Marches.

Imperialism and music

Britain 1876–1953


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