Friday, 19 August 2011

Bolivar's Triumphal March

The British Library currently has a page devoted to 'Bolivar's Triumphal March', a composition for Piano
made by Thomas Simspon Cooke in 1819. In addition to images of the sheet music there is also an audio file of the music being performed by Jonathan Summers.

It can provide an aural sense of how London dining rooms dreamed of the Americas at the beginning of the 1820s. Another example of how Londoners imagined the lands where British and Irish adventurers were headed to help Bolívar is the anonymous novel Solders of Venezuela (London: T. Egerton, 1818), a copy of which is held in the British Library, and which is coming out in Spanish translation for the first time later this year (watch this space for details).

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