On this day in 1907, Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No 4 had its world première in London. This isn’t the most famous of the Marches — that honour goes to No 1, which had the words “Land
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Pomp & Pageant

in Daily Programme, Radio Drama, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 24 August, 2013

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On this day in 1907, Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No 4 had its world première in London. This isn’t the most famous of the Marches — that honour goes to No 1, which had the words “Land of Hope & Glory” added later (and, it is said, to the composer’s displeasure) — but it runs a close second in popularity, and during World War II it, too, had words added: by Sir Alan Herbert in the form of “Song To Freedom”.

With Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance in mind, today we bring you a collection of music often with regal and ceremonial connections, largely (though not entirely) with a British flavour.

We’ll take you on a celebration of impressive and stately music from the likes of Elgar, Holst, Bliss, Parry (listen out for the marvellous Blest Pair of Sirens), Boyce, Handel, Arne and Rameau.

Well, it’s not all regal: you’ll hear, for example, Elgar’s Nursery Suite, conducted by the composer in an historic recording, along with one or two other surprises.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am or 8pm Pacific (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for the latest installments in our two classic ZBS Foundation serials: The Fourth Tower of Inverness and Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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