Plays An Old Version Of The Hymn "Amazing Grace" At Waterloo
"New Britain" was originally a traditional song which was itself an amalgamation of two melodies ("Gallaher" and "St. Mary") first published in the Columbian Harmony by Charles H. Spilman and Benjamin Shaw (Cincinnati, 1829). Spilman and Shaw, both students at Kentucky's Centre College, compiled their tunebook both for public worship and revivals, to satisfy "the wants of the Church in her triumphal march."Most of the tunes had been previously published, but "Gallaher" and "St. Mary" had not. As neither tune is attributed and both show elements of oral transmission, scholars can only speculate that they are possibly of British origin. The video below shows the Band Of The Imperial Guard (more accurately, "Musique de la Garde") playing an early arrangement of "New Britain", at Placenoit in Belgium.
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In 1974, the musical formation l’Indépendance Musicale de Waterloo, under the initiative of its former director Pierre Grapin, created a group of highly trained and qualified musicians under the name "Musique de la Garde", from which the objective would be to revive memories of the glorious historical formation that was 'La Musique de la Garde Impériale' at the time of the first French empire.For more information on the band see: http://www.lamusiquedelagarde.be