Edward Elgar

Coronation March, for orchestra, Op. 65

    Description by Hector Bellman

    This is the Cinderella among Elgar's marches. The main reason for its neglect seems to be that it does not follow the standard Pomp and Circumstance model. It was written for the coronation of King George V in June 1911. Contemporary of the Second Symphony, its musical substance eludes the predictable jubilating noise of similar works. It opens with a percussion roll, but contrary to what could be expected, what follows is not an extroverted fanfare but a somber proclamation in the low brass with an organ pedal, of noble character and in minor mode. Without break, the material develops in what would could be believed to be a section of the Symphony. The music turns to major and reaches a certain celebratory intensity in a fanfare section ornamented by a fast string swirl, followed by a brief typically Elgarian "nobilmente" passage before being precipitated into the darkness again by the return of the opening theme. A varied restatement of the second section is next. After the fanfare, the noble theme offers a serene resting point before the coda recapitulates the main themes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Regent REGCD 463
    2012 The Gift of Music CCLCDG 1263
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099932728
    2009 Chandos 10570
    2007 LPO 16
    2007 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099950360
    2005 Naxos 8557273
    2005 Erato
    2004 Dmg Tv DMGTV 007
    2000 BBC Legends 51
    1998 Naxos 8 553564
    1998 Virgin / Warner Classics 7243561430
    1996 ASV 619
    1995 Virgin / Warner Classics 7243561199
    1994 Pearl GEMMCD9087
    1992 CBS Records / Sony Classical 48473
    Telegraph
    Virgin 59626
    IMP Classics 913
    In Classical Mood 12046
    Duet 07
    ORC 11016
    RCA 60243