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Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 4

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Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar (trans. M.J. Retford; ed. Alfred Reed)

This work bears the designation Opus 39, No. 4.

General Info

Year: 1907 / 2000
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 was completed on 7 June 1907, and dedicated "To my friend Dr. G. Robertson Sinclair, Hereford". It was first performed on 24 August 1907, in the Queen's Hall, London, conducted by the composer.

The Trio was used by Elgar in a song called The King's Way which he wrote, to his wife's words, in celebration of the opening of an important new London street called Kingsway in 1909. In World War II, No. 4 also acquired words: a patriotic poem by A. P. Herbert with the refrain beginning "All men must be free" was used as Song of Liberty.

In the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, Pomp and Circumstance No. 4 served as the recessional. As Diana's veil was lifted and the couple bowed and curtsied to Queen Elizabeth II, the opening notes sounded and continued as they walked down the aisle of St Paul's Cathedral out to the portico and the waiting crowds.

The march has an opening section consisting mainly of two-bar rhythmic phrases which are repeated in various forms, and a lyrical Trio constructed like the famous Land of Hope and Glory trio of March No. 1.

- Program Notes from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Media Links

State Ratings

  • Florida: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria, Va.) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 15 March 2015
  • Kearsarge Community Band (New London, N.H.) (Jim Wojewoda, conductor) – 8 March 2015
  • Montclair (N.J.) Community Band (Jim Wasko, conductor) – 23 November 2014

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Elgar, E.; Retford, M.; Reed, A. (2000). Pomp and Circumstance: Military March No. 4 [score]. Masters Music: Boca Raton, Fla.