Pomp & Pageant

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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