Saturday, March 6, 2010

Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse

Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse (March Militaire Française) by Joseph F. Rauski enjoys an unusual past and distinctive present. Rauski's 1919 march is based on both a song by Jean Robert Planquette, who lived at the end of the 19th century, and lines from his contemporary French poet Paul Cezano about peasant-citizen-soldiers whose patriotism recounted heroic deeds by invading European monarchists attempting to overthrow the Revolution in 1793. Some audiences will recognize this unique march as that played by the Ohio State University Marching Band performing the signature “Script Ohio” formation that is concluded with the dotting of the “i’” by the sousaphone. (Source: published score and JRO)