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Pomp and CircumstanceMilitary March No. 1Composed by Edward Elgar (1857-1934)For flute and pianoArranged by Wolfgang BirtelPublished by Schott
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.