July 24, 2019 ~ Daily Listening Assignment

 

Today’s piece is called the British Grenadiers and I’ve included it because most students today haven’t heard of the piece OR know what a grenadier is.  Find this in Keyboard Kickoff, Prelude and many other piano method books.

“The British Grenadiers” is a traditional marching song of British, Australian and Canadian military units whose badge of identification features a grenade.   The original melody dates from the 17th century.

 

Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules
Of Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these
But of all the world’s great heroes
There’s none that can compare
With a tow, row row row, row row row
To the British Grenadiers

When e’er we are commanded to storm the palisades
Our leaders march with fuses, and we with hand grenades;
We throw them from the glacis about the enemies’ ears
With a tow, row row row, row row row
For the British Grenadiers

Then let us fill a bumper, and drink a health to those
Who carry caps and pouches, and wear the louped clothes
May they and their commanders live happy all their years
Sing tow, row row row, row row row
For the British Grenadiers

 

In the examples below you can hear the steady marching drumbeat.

 

 

The band of the Highlands and Lowlands plays “The British Grenadiers” at Edinburgh Castle

 

Fife and drum

 

Piano

Guitar

A piano tutorial

A different take

 

 

One response to “July 24, 2019 ~ Daily Listening Assignment

  1. Pingback: On July 24 ~ in Music History | MaryO'Studio

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