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Elgar

If you have attended a graduation ceremony just about anywhere in the United States since the early 1900s, chances are you are familiar with Sir Edward Elgar’s premier work.
The English composer completed March No. 1 in D in 1901. It is the first in a series of orchestral marches collectively titled Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches , Op 39. It’s commonly known as the traditional graduation processional, and was inspired by a scene in Shakespeare’s Othello celebrating, “the pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!”
March No. 1 in D was first played at a graduation ceremony in June 1905, when Elgar received an honorary doctorate of music from Yale University.

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