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Origins: Proud Britons

GUEST,J 01 Aug 12 - 07:26 AM
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Subject: Origins: Proud Britons
From: GUEST,J
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 07:26 AM

Hi all
When reading and translating "Sharpe's Regiment" onto Russian, i came to the strange song i never heard of before. It is called Proud Britons. That's how it is decribed:
"The audience chanted for more, the orchestra swelled to fill the tiers of boxes with triumphal music, and the curtain, after a brief pause, lifted again to show the whole cast, King Joseph cloaked now, facing the audience with linked hands to sing "Proud Britons". A great Union flag was lowered above their heads.
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The Goddesses of Victory were hoisted off stage when "Proud Britons" was finished, and the orchestra went into a spirited "Rule Britannia" which, though hardly appropriate for a soldier's victory, had the advantage that the audience knew its words".
So teh song a) exist in 1813; b) is for singing en masse; c) dedicated to british victory on land; d) has words.
Please help with any info about it. Any means any: origins, lyrics or smth less specific. Thanks alot in advance.
--
J.


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