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Elgar on Pomp and Circumstance

13 March 2008

Edward Elgar said that Pomp and Circumstance was “A tune that comes once in a lifetime”. But he knew how good it was at the time, since he told his friend Dora Penney, “I’ve got a tune that will knock ‘em – knock ‘em flat.”

The words (“Land of Hope and Glory“) were added the following year for the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902.

And here is a clip of it being played at The Albert Hall: