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Pomp and Circumstance

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Sir Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar (arr. Scott Stanton)


This work bears the designation Opus 39.


General Info

Year: 1896 / 2011
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00;   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • C Treble Part
  • High B-flat Part
  • High E-flat Part

Part 2

  • C Treble Part
  • High B-flat Part
  • High E-flat Part
  • F Horn Part

Part 3

  • Low B-flat Part
  • Low E-flat Part
  • Bass Clef Part
  • F Horn Part
  • Viola Part

Part 4

  • Low B-flat Part
  • Low E-flat Part
  • Bass Clef Part

Bass Part
Tuba Part
Timpani (optional)
Keyboards (optional)
Mallets (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare
  • Crash Cymbal

Guitar (optional)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Pomp and Circumstance Marches (full title Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches), Op. 39, are a series of marches for orchestra composed by Sir Edward Elgar. March No. 1 was composed in 1901 and dedicated "to my friend Alfred E. Rodewald and the members of the Liverpool Orchestral Society".

The best known of the set, March No. 1 had its premiere, along with the more reserved second March, in Liverpool on 19 October 1901, with Elgar conducting the Liverpool Orchestral Society. Both marches were played two days later at a London Promenade Concert in the Queen's Hall London, conducted by Henry Wood, with March No. 1 played second, and the audience "...rose and yelled... the one and only time in the history of the Promenade concerts that an orchestral item was accorded a double encore."

The Trio contains the tune known as Land of Hope and Glory. In the United States, the Trio is often known simply as "Pomp and Circumstance" or as "The Graduation March" and is played as the processional tune at virtually all high school and some college graduation ceremonies. It was first played at such a ceremony on 28 June 1905, at Yale University.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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