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Thread: Captain General (The) - Sir Vivian Dunn

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    Captain General (The) - Sir Vivian Dunn

    For our first concert of the new season, "The British are Coming", we got a march entitled, "The Captain General" by Sir Vivian Dunn. Never played this before but it's already becoming a favorite of mine. Vivian Dunn, who wrote this march, was director of the Royal Marines Band from 1931 to 1953. He was the very first British Armed Forces musician to be knighted. You can listen at link below:

    The Captain General (F. Vivian Dunn)

    The euphoniums have the melody around 1:17 and again at 1:40. Then in the trio (not marked that way but with an added flat) around 2:02 a really nice melody that goes up to a high Bb concert then to high C concert. I understand it wasn't written that way at the start but the principal euphonium player in the H.M. Royal Marine Band told the dir. it that it would sound really nice up an octave. It does.
    Last edited by RickF; 08-15-2019 at 09:16 AM.
    Rick Floyd
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    That is a great march! Thanks for including the link. Too bad I live so far away - would love to hear your band some day.
    Euph Loosh
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    Nice use of the piccolo, too!

    The whole thing is tastefully played, which is usually the case with the British!
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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