Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5
for Organ Solo
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) completed five Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches, leaving sketches for a sixth. The title is borrowed from a line in Shakespeare’s Othello, “Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!” At the London premiere of the 1st March in 1901, the conductor Henry Wood encored the piece twice, such was the enthusiasm for it. After the composition of the 4th March in 1907, it was not until 1930 that Elgar completed a 5th March. Elgar jotted down the main theme of the 5th March on the back of an Ordnance Survey map while driving through Gloucester. However, some of the material may date from an earlier period, as the March recaptures the brilliance and splendour of Elgar’s pre-First World War works. It is dedicated to Percy Hull, organist of Hereford Cathedral. The work received a successful premiere in 1930 as well as a recording by the composer. Many of Elgar’s works were arranged for organ in his lifetime, but only the 1st and 4th Marches were published. This arrangement is an unabridged version of the score, and was made in 2001.
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