Pomp and circumstance march in d major, op 39, no 1, march by english composer edward elgar, composed in 1901 and premiered on october 19 of that year it is the first of five marches by elgar bearing the title pomp and circumstance, a phrase taken from shakespeare's othello recalling triumph in battle.
Sir edward elgar (1857-1934) is certainly not a one-hit wonder, but on a popular level, he's pretty much known entirely for one piece, which most know as the graduation march it seems like the composers of different parts of europe had strengths in different areas of classical music the germans.
Edward elgar's eminence in british music, 150 years after his birth, is assured “land of hope and glory” (better known to americans from the “pomp and circumstance” march of countless graduations), the once-in-a-lifetime tune at one extreme are his charming light pieces, like “salut d'amour.
The pomp and circumstance marches op 39, are a series of marches for orchestra composed by sir edward elgar they include some of elgar's best- known compositions contents [hide] 1 title 2 marches 21 march no 1 in d 211 dedication 212 instrumentation 213 history 214 description 22 march no 2 in a.
Approximate total length : 28 minutes march no 1 : approximate length : 6 minutes first performance : date : 19 october 1901 venue : liverpool orchestral society conductor : alfred rodewald dedicated to : alfred rodewald and members of the liverpool orchestral society march no 2 : approximate length : 5.