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Imperial March

Composed by Sir Edward Elgar

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Imperial March

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Sir Edward William Elgar (1857–1934) is often regarded as a typically English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best known compositions are the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including “The Dream of Gerontius”. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924 and has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone recording seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of acoustic recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works.

Imperial March
Imperial March is an orchestral piece written by Elgar to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The first performance was at the Crystal Palace on April 19th 1897, conducted by August Manns. It was again played by massed bands at the Crystal Palace a week later and at a Royal Garden Party on June 28th, the actual anniversary of the Queen's coronation. The music created a great impression with the public at the time and helped to spread his name throughout London and beyond.

Arranged by Ian Shepherd
4:30 Minutes

4 Trumpets
1 Horn in F
3 Trombones
1 Euphonium
1 Tuba
(3 Optional Percussion)

Trumpet 1 requires Piccolo Trumpet.
Trumpet 4 requires Flugel.
Percussion section requires: Timpani, Side Drum and Cymbals