A surprising find in a box of old band music
A recent search through an old box of music in the Napier Technical Memorial Band’s library, unexpectedly turned up a rare piece of Armistice music.
Baritone player Hawaikirangi Pitman and librarian Anne Scollay have found Le Pere La Victoire ,a march for military bands dedicated to George Clemenceau, who became Prime Minister of France in 1917, and a significant figure in reaching a peaceful conclusion to the Great War.
Translated as Father of the Victory, this music would have been played in Paris at the conclusion of World War I and at Versailles where the Prime Minister was involved.
Georges Clemenceau joined David Lloyd George of Britain, Vittorio Orlando of Italy and Woodrow Wilson of the United States as the principal architects of the Treaty of Versailles.
This typical French march of the period will be played at the Remembrance and Peace concert at All Saints Church, Taradale, on Sunday, November 25 at 2pm.
Hawaikirangi Pitman and librarian Anne Scollay have found Le Pere LaVictoire march for military bands dedicated to George Clemenceau who became Prime Minister of France in 1917.
George Clemenceau became Prime Minister of France in 1917.