Main: Martial Music

Today’s Main broad­cast  fea­tures a selec­tion of pieces and march­es either writ­ten for the mil­i­tary or relat­ing to por­tray­als of the Mil­i­tary.

Selec­tions include pieces by Gus­tav Holst, Edward Elgar, John Philip Sousa, Got­tfried Piefke, and per­for­mances by the Aus­tralian Mil­i­tary Col­lege Band, the Gor­don High­landers, the Orlan­do Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra, the US Mil­i­tary Acad­e­my Band and the Gebirgsmusikko­rps 8 der 1. Gebirgs­di­vi­sion Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Edward Pearse. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

Note from Edward: Today’s pro­gram includes some Ger­man Nazi march­es. This pro­gram is an abbre­vi­at­ed his­toric record of mil­i­tary march­es and music, which does include the “patri­ot­ic” music writ­ten for the Ger­man mil­i­tary dur­ing the Nazi régime. Radio Riel does not in any way sup­port the philoso­phies of the Nazis by play­ing this music. We present it to you in a schol­ar­ly and aca­d­e­m­ic con­text, just as we have done with oth­er pieces in the past.

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