Orchestral marches are not military marches. Unmusical soldiers find this difficult to understand.
During the early and middle years of the 20th century orchestral marches became (via the pens' of Elgar and Walton) an almost unique English musical idiom.
CHURCHILL MARCH (Movement No 8 in THE CHURCHILL MUSIC) - is Rutherlyn's musical idea - for not only commemorating Churchill's youthful period at Sandhurst - but for enabling him to develop and use the big tune in it again (in the form of a majestic reverie) in the grand finale of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC. In this way the tune satisfactorily spans - both musically and militarily - Churchill's career. There are many other examples in the THE CHURCHILL MUSIC of this treatment of its core musical themes. This treatment of musical ideas is essential in a large work if the composition is to have a proper sense of musical cohesion.
CHURCHILL MARCH is (mostly) in a marching rhythm; but sections are at different tempi to heighten dramatic musical effect and of course to prevent monotony.
In these three pictures we have not only the story of the different architectural styles of 1812, 1908 and 1969; but also a pictorial statement of the mental and emotional state of the nation during those different eras.
When, during the preparation of these pages the author visited Sandhurst, he was profoundly shocked when coming upon The Churchill Hall.
Its repellent appearance being in every way the antithesis of everything Churchill and his generation were, and fought for.
It is a brutal building.
Today (1996) it is almost black - in spite of being located in the countryside well away from London's pollution.
Its cruel abrasive exterior of angles and sharp corners makes one fearful of approaching it; and its crushing weight, alarms when entering, lest it suddenly collapses.
The designers - unwittingly - created in concrete a contemporary monument to the terrors and cruelties of their era
The Era of The Cold War.
To designate such a building to the memory of Churchill is unfitting; for in truth, it represents all that he and his compatriots - to their eternal glory - overthrew.
As befits concrete, the place represents
Its only redeeming feature is Churchill's Coat of Arms that immortal symbol of the Allies Victory of Good over Evil & and their banishment of that era.
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