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The Siege of Veracruz


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The Siege of Veracruz took place from March 9 to March 29, 1847. On March 25, the Mexicans called for a cease-fire to discuss surrender terms. Mexican officials pleaded that the women and children be let out of the city, but heroic US General Winfield Scott refused, believing this to be a delaying tactic and kept up the artillery fire. After the surrender and occupation of Veracruz, US troops marched on to capture Mexico City. On a recent PBS documentary about the Congressional Medal of Honor, it was said that every officer who went ashore during the Siege of Veracruz was awarded this highest military award of the USA.

The Trio uses the old (18th-century?) folk song "Green Grow the Lilacs." Before writing this march, I had never heard the tune, but I wanted to use it because, despite it being a waltz, I'm amused by the apocryphal etymology of the epithet Gringo, which is said to have originated during the 1846-47 war when the Mexicans often heard the invading Yanqui soldiers singing that song -- "Green Grow the Lilacs."

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Feter said 3263 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
The Siege of Veracruz
this amazingly impressive ..and knowin that you
wrote it ,made this all so precious ..the structure
so complicated as simple as it sounds for the
listeners but fo rme who suffer from writin over
sibelius I know what kind of hard work and brilliant
kind of work you did ...this just giant my friend
I certainly beg for more of these ... KUDOS and thnx
alot for sharin such gems !!!!!
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mikkinylund said 3261 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
History
I always find historical related pieces of music interesting, learning, and most of the ties they open up new doors from which I can learn and explore new venues in my own music. I've never been into military marches per say, but do understand the importance music has had throughout our bloody history.
As this is not my kind of music, I do hesitate speaking of the music in musical terms. I can only say, I do enjoy listening to this %u2013 although it gives me more of a carnival feel, even circus.
It's all very well performed and put together. Thank you.
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Enrique Gil said 3128 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
I like this piece...
but a word on Mexico (I was born there). The southwest would be in dire straits if it were under such corrupt and inept government as Mexico. Believe me. New Mexico and California, as well as Texas (and the rest) are much better off being part of the States.
As far as the music is concerned, it is as sophisticated and engaging as all your music. I am a big fan. Keep composing man!
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