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Selection Pomp and Circumstance March No1 Composer Edward Elgar 1857 - 1934 This listening selection can be found in the lesson on Can Music Have a Specific Purpose The title of this piece comes from a line in Shakespeares Othello Pride pomp and circumstance of glorious war in 1901 This outwardly straightforward music is known as Elgars most famous piece as it is often played at graduation ceremonies But it was not originally intended for graduations Elgars march was used for the coronation of King Edward VII The tune sounds triumphant bringing to life feelings of majesty Listening to this piece brings to mind several memories I recall playing this piece during the days when I was in a marching band We played this on occasions such as a prize giving ceremony and during parade inspections on important occasions This strongly reminds me of my years spent playing in the band and the chance I was given to be a Drum Major I am also reminded of the time when I attended my cousins high school graduation ceremony The tune had an underlying quality of nostalgia making it perfectly suited to a commencement that marks the beginning of one stage of life but the end of another Elgars musical concept of this piece from my point of view is well structured and is able to convey a complex of emotions The basic structure for the piece is quite simple a rousing striding militant outer section with a more reflective solemn inner tune Like Handels See Here the Conquring Hero Comes the piece has two main ideas A and B The following is my interpretation of the chronology of the musical ideas 000 to 019 - Idea A 020 to 039 - Idea A 040 to 049 - Idea B 050 to 109 - Idea A 110 to 129 - Idea A 130 to 138 - Idea B The piece
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