Chopin's Military Music

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

A British band performs at the 2007 Trooping the Colour, an annual ceremony. A British band performs at the 2007 Trooping the Colour, an annual ceremony. (Jon Bennett/Flickr)

War is cruel and terrible, but its power and the ritual of battle has inspired many composers, including Frédéric Chopin, the subject of this month's series on Classics for Kids. This week's episode looks at ways composers have used battle sounds in their music. For instance Chopin uses the piano to imitate drums that accompanied armies marching into battle, in his Military Polonaise. Listen to this example and more in the audio above.

Program Playlist:

Scheidt: Galliard Battaglia
Gabrieli: Aria della Battaglia
Braga: Batalha
Janequin: La Guerre
Meder: Sonata di Battaglia
Monteverdi: Combattimento
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky
Kodaly: Hary Janos
Beethoven: Wellington's Victory
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Chopin: Military Polonaise

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