The Last Post
Oh, What a Beautiful City
What a Wonderful World
Later on that November 11th as I came back in to Toronto from teaching in Mississauga, I espied a platoon of horse trucks in the dark near the Exhibition grounds. Seeing that the lights were blazing in the Armory, I figured that there was a special region-wide Remembrance Day ceremony taking place in the massive structure. Your intrepid reporter, I thought that there might be some incredible sound recordings to make. Finding a place to illegally park the car in an adjacent parking lot, imagine my surprise when I peered through the crack of a doorway and discovered the place completely deserted. Later I discovered that the horse trailers had nothing to do with Remembrance Day, but everything to do with the Royal Winter Fair which was in full swing…or in fullcanter, you might say!
The massive wooden doorway that I had approached across the muddy parkingt lot in the darkness of that November evening turned out to have a ‘door-within-a-door’ and, to my even greater surprise, this smaller door opened freely, allowing me to step in. With the utmost respect, I set up to record. A few moments later a few cadets used the same door, opening the whole thing to drive their truck into the space, as you will hear in the first of these three recordings.
This is not the first time I have posted the Last Post, and admittedly it is not my finest, however you, too, can play this using one fingering on the flute (I prefer low D), and then by overblowing to pick out the harmonics, much the way a bugle or trumpet makes use of overtones.