Composer
ELGAR
Title
Pomp and Circumstance (ed.Birtel)
Instrumentation
flute, piano
Publisher
Schott
Grade
2
Product Code
01S030009889

English composer Elgar wrote his five Pomp and Circumstance Marches between 1901 and 1930, with a sixth remaining unfinished.  He was fond of marches, and the genre was a firm feature in his music by 1897.  The first two marches, with their title taken from Shakespeare's Othello, were originally performed by the Liverpool Orchestra Society on October 1901.  This piece owes its great popularity to the melody of the trio:  Elgar set words to it, as he had been advised, and included it at "Land of Hope and Glory" in the Finale of 1902 Coronation Ode.  That setting was soon known all over the world, and became an unofficial anthem in Elgar's homeland.

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