Music of Pageant & Patriotism - Elgar, E - Imperial March - arr. for String Quartet by Gerald Manning

Edward Elgar
Year of composition
Gerald Manning
Difficult (Grades 7+)
5 minutes
Classical music
String quartet
Instrumental parts


Music: Sir Edward Elgar (b. Broadheath, England, June 2, 1857 � d. Worcester, Feb. 23, 1934)

Some people have considered Elgar�s marches to be a manifestation of jingoism, but his own attitude was unequivocal: �I know that there are a lot of People who like to celebrate events with music. To those people I have given tunes. Is that wrong?� The first work in this genre was the Imperial March (Opus 32) written to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. It proved to be an instant success, and in subsequent years, it was performed on several royal occasions, including the wedding of Princess Alice in 1904.

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