Assignment 2

Topics: Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Land of Hope and Glory Pages: 2 (419 words) Published: January 18, 2015
Assignment 2
Listening Assignment: Introductory Concepts

Selection: Pomp And Circumstance: March in D major, Op. 39, No. 1 Composer: Edward William Elgar (1857-1934

The listening selection can be found in the lesson, “Can Music have a Specific Purpose”. The title of this music piece comes from a line in Shakespeare’s Othello (Pride, Pomp, and Circumstances of glorious war) in 1901. This music is known as Elgar’s most famous piece, as it is played during graduation a ceremony, Elgar’s march was used for the coronation of King Edward VII. Pomp means procession (ceremony) and circumstance draws from the idea that fuss that happens around a particular event.

The tune sounds triumph, bringing this piece to life. Listening to this piece reminds me of my high school graduation and also, when I graduauted for Surgical Technology school at a two- year college; lots of memories. I played the flute in band from the time I was in the 4th grade until entering high school and I finally decided to leave the band. We played this song for important special occasions. The tune had an underlying quality of nostalgia, making it perfectly suited to a commencement that marks the beginning of one stage of life, but to the end of another. When you are getting ready to walk across the stage to receive you diploma or degree, this music piece alone brings tears to your eyes of achievement; you have made it to the finish line. Edward Elgar concepts of music from this piece, was very well structured from beginning to end. The basic structure for the piece was striding, arousing, and militant outer section, reflective with a solemn inner tune. This piece has two main ideas of A and B, just like assignment one did. The musical ideas of this piece that was composed by Edward Elgar from 00:00 to 01:38 is: 0:00 – 0:19 A

0:20- 0:39 A
0:40- 0:49 B
0:50- 1:09 A
1:10-1:29 A
1:30- 1:38 B
This was composed as an ensemble. The introduction leads to a new theme: strong pair of beats...
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