Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Marching Through Georgia is Work's best known composition. It was written as a song in honour of Maj. General Sherman's famous march from "Atlanta to Sea" during the American Civil War in 1864 with 65.000 men which divided the Confederate forces. It stirring chorus of:
Hurrah! Hurrah! we bring the Jubilee.
Hurrah! Hurrah! the flag that makes us free.
So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the Sea
While we were marching through Georgia.
was immensely popular and has been subject of numerous transcriptions for all manner of musical ensembles, especially in the jazz genre. This recorder adaptation itself uses one such transcription written by Rolf Thaler in 1908. A dignified affair which the recorder tenor and bass sonorities bring out perfectly, a gentle contrast to the more strident, jazzier versions.
A tempo of 100 crotchets/min. is suggested.
"Marching Through Georgia (1865)" has been recorded by:
Various Artists on "100 Favorite Patriotic Songs"
Rastrick & Brighouse Band on "An Evening with Brighouse and Rastrick Band"