Bones of Burgos
more elements here from 2011 > http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=252893
curious to hear a rendition with only the drums, same for regular and accelarated cadenced march. the partition(s) must be available somewhere, perhaps in Bardin.
but how did the pas de charge realy did sound like? Not the modern rendering of it.
That seems to be the obvious assumption, but in the various renderings available online I, for one, have never been able to hear it. Perhaps, conversely, there was a song in English that was recalled by the Pas de Charge'
Perhaps the phrase mimicks the drumbeat of the Pas de Charge. See this Youtube video and focus on the drum beat:
This seems to be the consensus:
"The French drummers make a great noise when they advance to the attack, -- striking up a beat which was well known to our old soldiers , and called “ old trousers , " from its resembling in sound the pronunciation of these words."
"Operations of Picton's Division in the Campaign of Waterloo" United Service Magazine, June 1841, p. 182
I can't hear it either, but there you are. It's onomatopoeia.