Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Lyrical birthday wishes ...

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO and Master of the King's Musick, was born on this day in 1857. I like how it happens that his birthday coincides with that time of year when one of his works, Pomp and Circumstance March #1 ("Land of Hope and Glory") is heard so much, in so many places.

Here is a performance of an excerpt from that march, conducted by the grand old man himself, courtesy of mejillahyde at

And here is a performance of the complete march, courtesy of RupertJones at, in a setting where I would LOVE to hear it, live and in-person, someday - Last Night at the Proms!

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