Music Monday # 23 — Elgar and Royal Pomp

Yesterday I set my DVR to record the BBC America coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant.   I watched the program just before calling it a day last night. The final music barge carried members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, directed by Thomas Blunt,.  It stopped next to the royal barge for a short performance including Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory.    I have included a BBC clip of yesterday’s performance, which may or not be active when you view this post:  (BBC – Musical Finale of Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant .   I am not finding any video that I find to be an adequate replacement if the link above fails, although you can go to YouTube for versions from “The Last Night of the Proms” concerts.  And the LPO does have a recording on sale at http://www.lpo.org.uk/jubilee/

A little history–     Edward Elgar wrote two Pomp and Circumstance Marches in 1901.  “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major” was so admired by Queen Victoria’s son, Edward VII, that he commissioned Elgar to compose a work for his coronation.  The song “Land of Hope and Glory” was the result of Elgar reworking that 1st march and adding words written by Arthur C. Benson  to the trio section of the march.  It was part of the commissioned ‘Coronation Ode” that earned Elgar a knighthood, and the title Sir, in 1904.

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