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Program Notes

The Vanished Army (They Never Die)

Poetic March (1919)

Kenneth J. Alford, composer

At age 33, Alfred was 6 years into his first Bandmastership when England declared war on Germany in fulfillment of its obligation to defend Belgium against invasion. Over one hundred thousand members of the British Expeditionary Force were lost. An army, indeed, had vanished in Belgium and France. Alford’s response was this poetic march in their honor and memory. Listen for quotes of the music hall hit of World War I, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.



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