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"Wellington's Victory" - Artillery & Cannon
By Jack M. Conway

Hi Group,  Jerry Hall in (MMD 98.08.14) asked about "The Battle of
Waterloo."   From his description I believe the title of the piece
is actually Beethoven's "Wellington's Victory" (The Battle of
Vitoria).  I have it on Mercury, Living Presence Sound Series,
Stereo LPS 9000, performed by Antal Dorati and London Symphony

A summary from the jacket notes says the performance includes:

  Two 6-pound smooth-bore bronze cannons & 12-pound howitzer,
  French Charleville-pattern muskets & British Brown Bess muskets,
    courtesy U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
  Cannon & musket firing under the direction of Gerald C Stowe
    by the reactivated Civil War Unit, Battery B, 2nd New Jersey
    Light Artillery.
  Spoken commentary by Deems Taylor.

The cover contains Victory Vitoria after painting by J. M. Wright
showing the battle scene.

The recording notes show three orchestras. Orchestra No. 1 front
center, Orchestra No. 2 (French Camp) left rear, and Orchestra No. 3
(English Camp) right rear.

The liner notes contain the following information ... 

 [ snip.  See the text which was also provided by Craig Smith.
 [  -- Robbie

Hope this helps,

Jack M. Conway, Los Angeles, California, USA

 [ Well, I never imagined that Jerry Hall's inquiry was so
 [ closely connected with mechanical music.  Does Maelzel's
 [ Panharmonicon, or a replica, exist today?  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 15 Aug 1998, 10:13:54 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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