Monday, October 10, 2016

But I like the idea of a march, fanfare....

Are all marches military in some way? Do the words "march" and "martial" come from the same root? I Googled this and found a fascinating article on the different verbs used by Martial and Ovid and Flavius. Hmmm, not what I was looking for.

Aha! Later: Yes, of course "march" comes from "martial," which comes from Mars, the Roman god of war.

From Origin: before 1050; Middle English March(e) < Anglo-French Marche; replacing Old English Martius < Latin, short for Mārtius mēnsis month of Mars (Mārti-, stem of Mārs + -us adj. suffix)

 (Chabrier, Marche des Cipayes )

(Grieg: March of the Dwarfs)

(Meredith Wilson: 76 Trombones, from "The Music Man")

(Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera, funeral march)

(Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette, made famous when used as theme music for the Alfred Hitchcock TV show --- I love it because I can really imagine a marionette marching, sadly, to this music...)

(Nielsen: Aladdin: Incidental Music: Oriental Festive March)


 (Disney: Prince Ali: a march, of course!--- a grand entrance! --- and with an elephant!)

(And of course the greatest march of all time, the Triumphal March by Giuseppe Verdi, in "Aida" -- I chose this version because it has horses. I was hoping for elephants, but horses are, wow!)

(And, finally, this website for a listing of "40 Famous Marches," with links.)

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