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Exploring The History Of The 'Bennington Battle March'

The cover page of the "Bennington Battle March" depiciting the Bennington Battle Monument.
Courtesy Bennington Museum
The cover page of the "Bennington Battle March" depiciting the Bennington Battle Monument.

Last year, VPR Classical hosts James Stewart and Linda Radtke gave a presentation detailing the history of the "Bennington Battle March” a work by Vermont pianist and composer Ernest Murray. Bennington Battle Day is celebrated every year on August 16. This year’s celebrations were a bit different under the shadow of a pandemic, with reverse parades and take-out food, but the heart of the celebration remains. This hour, in honor of Bennington Battle Day, we listen back to last year’s presentation, including a performance of the "Bennington Battle March” by Ernest Murray.

Broadcast live on Monday, August 17, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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James Stewart is Vermont Public Classical's afternoon host. As a composer, he is interested in many different genres of music; writing for rock bands, symphony orchestras and everything in between.
Lydia worked for Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS from 2019 until 2022.
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