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Military music
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1. Concept and influences

The term “military music” covers a wide spectrum that eludes straightforward definition. It may refer to the musical units within the military, to music itself, or equally to the functions of that music. The latter range from the purely acoustic (e.g. conveying orders through sound, regulating marching in time, inculcating psychological “drive”) to the ceremonial and representational and various forms of en…

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Hofer, Achim, “Military music”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024095>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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