Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Pomp and Circumstance"

OK, time to don your caps and gowns: The title of this British romantic composer's 1901 march comes from Act III, Scene III of Shakespeare's "Othello". It was dedicated to his friend Alfred E. Rodewald and the members of the Liverpool Orchestral Society. The Trio section, "Land of Hope and Glory" debuted in the U.S. as the processional at Yale's 1905 commencement when the composer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music. It has since become a standard in U.S. high-school and university graduations. Work? Composer? Answer: "Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 1 in D" by Sir Edward Elgar. In Puerto Rico, the "Triumphal March" from Verdi's "Aida" is the standard processional music.

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