Sir Edward Elgar, 1st Baronet (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934)
English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1924. (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: 1. Title page detail from Enfants d’un Rêve (Dream-Children) (Charles Lamb) Deux Pièces par Edward Elgar. Op. 43. London: Schott & Co., 1912. 2. Frontispiece from Sir Edward Elgar O.M., Mus. Doc., LL.D., M.A. By J. F. Porte. With a portrait of Sir Edward Elgar and musical illustrations in the text. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd. new York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1921.
🇫🇷💟🇺🇸 Video of Emmanuel Macron’s Arrival at the Elysée Palace prior to the 39 year olds Inauguration as President of the Republic. Sunday was full of pomp and pageantry from the Presidential Palace of Elysée up the Champs-Élysées and ending the day of ceremonies at the Hôtel de Ville. Loved the pomp, the civility and hope of their handsome young progressive president à-la Obama in 2008 n'est pas?! LoL
not only that but one less year left in band… AHHH
Oh yeah, hey everyone. Long time, no post from me amiright? Anyways, issues with school and ect have been sadly piling up resulting in less posts. As soon as I’m washed over this wave I’ll post more daily. Have a good rest of your day!
Have you ever wondered why the trio from Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 is so widely used in American academic ceremony?
It turns out that the culprit is Yale: in 1905 Elgar visited to receive an honorary doctorate, so Professor Samuel Sanford honored the composer by using the tune as a recessional. In the coming decades it became a fixture at commencements, convocations, and the like nationwide.
It’s no wonder that the noble melody has come to be mildly reviled – if you’ve ever had to repeat it, like, fifty times as traveling music in a ceremony then you’ll understand – but it’s a shame, because the march as a whole is a great piece of music. At its Liverpool premiere the audience demanded a reprise. Ah, they couldn’t have known…
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About That Graduation Song
In honor of the Class of 2015, here are 5 fun facts about what is arguably one of the most well-known pieces of classical music.
We have Shakespeare to thank for the ‘pompous’ title: “The royal banner, and all quality, / Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!” (Othello III.iii)
Pomp and Circumstance actually refers to the entire set of six marches composed by Edward Elgar between 1901 and 1930, his Op. 39. The one played at graduations is formally called “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major.”
The famous graduation melody (around 1:55) caught the attention of King Edward VII, who suggested that words be added so it could be sung at the Royal gala preceding his coronation. The tune with words – known as “Land of Hope and Glory” – was therefore incorporated as the final movement of Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Op. 44.
Elgar knew he had composed a hit, calling it a “damned fine popular tune” and saying before its premier, “I’ve got a tune that will knock’em – knock’em flat.”
The first time the piece was actually played at a graduation ceremony wasn’t until 1905, when Elgar received an honorary doctorate from Yale. Since then, it’s become a staple of American graduations.
Wendy Carlos (released as Walter Carlos) "Clockwork Orange Soundtrack"
Today is the final Wendy Carlos review with the Clockwork Orange soundtrack! Whenever I think about Clockwork Orange I think about how it took my high school boyfriend and I three tries to actually watch the entire thing. Twice - not just once, but twice - his dad happened to walk in at the worst possible violent sex scenes and made us turn it off. It was so embarrassing. And while he would try to argue with his father that we were watching a critically acclaimed film by a highly acclaimed artistic director, I’m pretty sure I remember feeling a little bit relieved. But also SUPER embarrassed. Stanley Kubrick films have always felt like a dudes club to me. I don’t like any of them, (except for maybe Lolita, but I like the book much better) but tried watching pretty much all of them because I was curious about their place in cinematic history. And I was usually dating a guy who loved them. The fact that all of his movies are male-centric and lacking in strong female characters is not unusual in film, but I think that has something to do with it.
But, I’m going to put all of that aside while I listen to this soundtrack and treat it more as a Wendy Carlos album. And make sure you close the gatefold if your parents walk into the room, or you’re going to be super embarrassed.
The first thing I’m noticing about the track listing is that Rachel Elkind is listed as composer next to Carlos’ name for each song. And not all of these songs are by Wendy Carlos, there’s a lot of Beethoven on here and other composers I’ve never heard of.
The first song though, “Title Music from A Clockwork Orange,” is composed by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind. It is very dramatic and building. It’s the kind of music you could slowly climb a mountain to.
Ah! The second song we have all heard before! I just didn’t know the name, and maybe you didn’t either? It’s “The Thieving Magpie” by Gioacchino Rossini. Doesn’t this song just make you want to put on toe shoes and a tu-tu? That’s what it makes me want to do at first. But then the way it builds makes you think that they’re probably running around and doing something terrible to this music in the movie. I like when contemporary movies contrast scenes of violence with non-contemporary music. I think it can work very well. Ah yes, here we are, “Alex putting his droogs in place,” if you’re interested.
Following another Wendy Carlos “Theme from Clockwork Orange,” is Beethoven’s “9th symphony, Second Movement- Abridged,” another extremely famous song. Writing about listening to classical music for this blog feels harder than writing about listening to rock. I was about to say because the songs are so much longer, but the 9th Symphony is only 3 minutes and 48 seconds, so that’s not the reason. So far though, I think this would be a good album to put on when you’re in the mood for classical music. It feels like a nice album to cook and eat dinner to. Which is funny since I wouldn’t call A Clockwork Orange a nice movie to eat dinner to.
Listening to this album is honestly kind of making me want to watch this movie again, since I haven’t watched it since high school. I’m very surprised that I’m feeling this way!
The song following Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is “March from A Clockwork Orange (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement- Abridged)” by Wendy Carlos, and I’m really enjoying it. It has some robot sounding vocals and is pretty uplifting and joyous. The vocals were surprising at first, but now I’m really into them.
On to side two, with “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” Besides “The Wedding March,” I can’t think of any other song where you really can only think of one thing when you hear it. This is the graduation song! But I’m going to try and listen to it as if I don’t know it as the graduation song. I think when I try to listen to it differently, the most noticeable thing for me is the drums. They really give this song a kick. Oh! There’s a second verse! And it just sounds like a jaunty, romantic march! It’s very pretty, but definitely not the kind of music you would get your diploma handed to you with. But then….we’re back to the main theme. It kind of makes you want to wave your arms in the air back and forth like you’re listening to a Boys II Men song.
Following “Pomp and Circumstance” is Wendy Carlos’ “Timesteps.” Maybe this is the song you graduate to if you live in outer space. Probably is.
All of a sudden the soundtrack takes a sharp turn - “I Want to Marry A Lighthouse Keeper.” I know it’s a soundtrack, but it just doesn’t fit! It’s only about a minute long, but it’s a very inappropriate minute.
And then we end with “Singin’ in the Rain,” which, is a lovely song, but does feel a little out of place again. But not as much as “I Want to Marry A Lighthouse Keeper,” because this song is much, much better.
Thus concludes my brief education in Wendy Carlos! My opinion has remained the same from when I heard those first couple of notes of the Tron soundtrack and saw her picture with a cat on her shoulder: I am a Wendy Carlos fan and will definitely revisit these albums in the future. But for now, it feels good to move on to a new artist. Any guesses for what is next? Let me know in the comments. And I’ll let you know if I end up watching A Clockwork Orange tonight when Alex get’s home. Of course he owns the dvd. He owns the entire Stanley Kubrick Collection boxed set. (So cliche.)
UPDATE: I just found out that The Big Chill is streaming on Netflix. I am SO watching that instead.