jf42 wrote:Thanks for all those, Frogsmile.
Are there equivalent resources for drum calls, I wonder?
As for your musing re use of bugles in the Rifle regiments, the Experimental Rifle Corps formed in 1800 communicated with the bugle-horn, as had all bodies of light infantry since the formation of Light companies in infantry battalions just before the American War of Independence. That war saw British light infantry units receiving commands by bugle and whistle. The practice was copied from Jäger units formed in various German states earlier in the C18th. These were recruited from professional huntsmen who were familiar with the use of the hunting horn- (which, in its various forms, became the traditional emblem of Light Infantry and Rifle units). The original rifle armed troops of the 60th Royal Americans, the 5th Battalion formed in 1797-98 IIRC, were recruited from German Jäger troops and would have communicated with bugles. From those beginnings in 1797-1800 developed the Rifle Brigade and the King's Royal RIfle Corps.
Thank you, JF. I recall reading much of that - 5th/60th, jäger connection, etc. before. I suppose I was thinking more of the evolution of specific bugle calls, as recorded above (at a time when Line were presumably still using drum), which I imagine was perhaps inspired (in musical terms) by the calls used by light cavalry. I am guessing that there will be some detailed history on this musical evolution, but it is not something I have come across.
P.S. Apologies that my phone has changed the size of the font and is not user friendly enough to allow me to easily correct it.