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Crown of India Suite, The

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Sir Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar (arr. Frank Winterbottom)

The work bears the designation Suite, Opus 66a.

General Info

Year: 1912 / 1913
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hawkes and Son
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Introduction and Dance Of The Nautch Girls – 4:58
2. Menuetto – 2:00
3. Warriors Dance – 2:01
4. Intermezzo – 3:29
5. March Of The Mogul Emperors – 3:48


Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
D-flat Flute (div. a2)
C Flute (div. a2)
Oboe (div. a2)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
E-flat Trumpets (div. a2)
B-flat Trumpets (div. a2)
B-flat Herald Trumpets (at least 4 players, should be equally divided right and left of the band)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV (Also E-flat Horn parts)
Trombone I-II-III
B-flat Baritone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gongs (2: 1 tuned to E-flat and other tuned to C; roll on E-flat and C tubular bell can be substituted)
  • Snare Drum (one part notated as "indian drum" as used in original orchestral arrangement)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine (one part notated as "gingles" as used in original orchestral arrangement)
  • Triangle


In Parts:

  • D-flat Flute & Piccolo, Movement 1b/rehearsal 9, beat 1: Add a staccato on the eighth note C-sharp
  • C Flute & Piccolo, Flute, Movement 1b/2 meas. after rehearsal 5, beat 3: Quarter rest should be an eighth rest
  • C Flute & Piccolo, Flute, Movement 1b/rehearsal 7, beat 1: Add a staccato on the eighth note D
  • C Flute & Piccolo, Flute, Movement 1b/7 meas. after rehearsal 8, beat 1: Add a staccato on the eighth note G
  • C Flute & Piccolo, Movement 1b/rehearsal 9, beat 1: Add a staccato on the eighth note D
  • C Flute & Piccolo, Movement 1b/rehearsal 9, and of beat 1: Add an accent on the quarter note A

Program Notes

The Crown of India suite was an extract from The Crown of India masque, an elaborate theatrical presentation, staged in 1912 to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Delhi for their coronation as Emperor and Empress of India. For this masque, Elgar wrote the music as his Op. 66, with a libretto by Henry Hamilton. The masque consisted of two tableaux: 'The Cities of Ind' and 'Ave Imperator!'. The first performance of the suite was at the Hereford Festival on September 11th, 1912, by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer. The Suite gained immediate popularity: during Elgar's lifetime, there were 102 live performances of it on the BBC.

- Program note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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  • Elgar, E.; Winterbottom, F. (1913) Suite ... Arranged for Military Band by F. Winterbottom, etc. [Parts.]. Hawkes & Son: London.