[Sound recording] Dead March in Saul

Accession Number AWM2018.404.79
Collection type Sound
Measurement 4 min 29 sec
Object type Digital audio file
Physical description wave
Maker Hicks, Alan
Latham, Chris
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, North Shore, Narremburn
Date made 2018
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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Source credit to Latham, Chris

Recording of the instrumental piece titled 'Dead March in Saul', created as part of the Music and the First World War project. Music composed by George Frederic Handel. Produced by Chris Latham, with Alan Hicks on piano. This recording was made at Flat Rock Studios, Sydney, on 17 July 2018. The work is performed in the spirit of the time with some changes made for the modern ear.

Chris Latham, producer of this recording, notes: 'This is a classic First World War ceremonial piece for funerals. It is more famous in military circles than in the concert world and has been performed by many bands. It is a half-speed march that opens as softly as possible. It is incredibly slow and is most dignified. It is all about military restraint and is very formal. With a band, this is quite a powerful experience. It is written in C major by Handel and doesn't use a big orchestra but has a big fat sound that is surprisingly powerful.'

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