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The brass section of the orchestra has a particular association with military music given the use of bugles and brass bands in military history.
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
This famous piece was written in 1942, just after America’s entry into World War II.
Williams: Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan)
The soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s epic film about the D-Day landings epitomizes the use of brass in military-related music … here in the emotive Hymn to the Fallen.
The Last Post
This bugle call has been quoted in various pieces to evoke a tone of remembrance. This includes Patrick Hawes’ The Great War Symphony and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 3 “A Pastoral Symphony” (at 14:55).
In Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, the Last Post after the movement “Charge” leads straight into the movement “Angry Flames” about Hiroshima.
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