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Notated Music General Taylor Storming Monterey

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  • General Taylor Storming Monterey


  • From the manuscript band books of the Manchester Cornet Band (founded in 1854), first set, no. 17. This is a curious composition. While we do not know its date, it was probably written not later than 1848, the year Zachary Taylor was elected President on the strength of his brilliant military success in the Mexican War, and despite the efforts of his commander, fellow Whig, and political rival, General Winfield Scott. Many popular compositions celebrating Taylor's victories appeared during his political campaign, though this particular work is not known to us in a published form. But it is almost certain that such a piece would not have been composed after Taylor became President, and especially not after his death in 1850. The saxhorn instrumentation was not really established by 1848, and an original instrumentation of the contrasting brasswinds, from the soft, mellow ophicleides and keyed bugles to the more "brassy" trumpets and trombones, is a distinct possibility. As it is, one part-book which calls for a "horn in F" probably was intended for a trumpet in F; it certainly appears to be a soprano part and not a characteristic horn part for the period. A piccolo part was not added to an already problematic arrangement from which an E-flat soprano part seems to be lacking. Here, the part marked "1st E-flat," possibly intended for the E-flat tenorhorn in its octave-doubling role, supplied the melodic soprano part. But there is no bass drum part, and since it was felt that Monterey could not be stormed without it, Dr. Fennell wrote one.


  • Knaebel, Simon cmp

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  • [Washington, D.C.] : Library of Congress, [between 2000 and 2010?].


  • -  Brass band music


  • -  Modern edition created by Library of Congress staff member David Arbury. Transcribed from original band books.
  • -  Record created through migration from the Performing Arts Encyclopedia Database.


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  • 2023871062

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Walter Dignam band books are included courtesy of the Manchester (N.H.) Historic Association, 129 Amherst Street, Manchester, NH 03101, 603-622-7531, fax 602-622-0822.

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