Pomp & Circumstance March No.2 (Edward Elgar arr. Phillip Littlemore)


Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No.2 was actually presented to his publisher at the same time as No.1. They were premiered at the same concert and performed together at the same Prom in 1901. The second march is more tense, with a nervous restlessness than its opulent predecessor.

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Following the spectacular success of his Pomp & Circumstance March  No.1, which received over 100 performances in its first year, it was inevitable that Elgar would write a second. However, what is not commonly known is that the initial sketches for what was to become the Pomp & Circumstance March No.2 were actually drafted first! Due to the success of the first march, not least because it is now performed at every ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert, it is forgotten that not only did Elgar submit the manuscript to both marches to his publisher at the same time, but both marches were premiered at the same concert and both performed again a few days later at the same Promenade concert.

 Duration: 5’00”

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