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The British Grenadiers

First line:
Some talk of Alexander and some of Hercules
author of text

The version of The British Grenadiers recorded here was published in about 1770, and may well be the original, though the first half of the tune is similar to several sixteenth- and seventeenth-century tunes, and the references to ‘fusees’ and ‘looped clothes’ seem to refer to the equipment of grenadiers from around 1700 rather than the late eighteenth century. The fine arrangement in the Handelian idiom was printed in short score, with three-part choral writing similar to much parish church music of the period. The writing suggests the presence of trumpets and drums, which I have taken the liberty of adding.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2000


Fairest Isle
CDA67115Archive Service


Track 8 on CDA67115 [4'37] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67115 track 8

Recording date
22 April 1999
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Fairest Isle (CDA67115)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: March 2000
    Deletion date: April 2004
    Archive Service
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