Your trivial history lesson of the day: "Pomp and Circumstance." | Rock Candy

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Your trivial history lesson of the day: "Pomp and Circumstance."

Posted on Thu, May 4, 2006 at 10:27 AM

Oh, that march we hear at almost every high school commencement. "Pomp and Circumstance." So ... so .. British. Did you know the title comes from Shakespeare's "Othello."  ("Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!")

So, besides this being May and the beginning of commencement exercises all over, why is this even on my mind? Well, I'm moving my car from an illegal spot to my regular pay spot in this rain storm, and the morning guys on the Edge 100.3 (are they Cory and Jay, Jason and Nathan, Justin and Jim, Tommy and Wally?) have "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background while talking more morning nonsense (funniest thing they've said today is running into two drunks in the Clear Channel parking lot who've been there since last night's Staind concert). And, it hit me to ask: Who wrote this song, anyway, the song we can't seem to get away from?

The quick answer: Sir Edward Elgar.

But there's so much more to know, and of course you could find this all on the Internet yourself. But that's what this blog item is here for, to give you a link instead, to NPR, which of course would have an interesting story or two about Elgar and "Pomp and Circumstance," plus recorded commentary by musc commentator Miles Hoffman. Try not to tear up remembering that wonderful night way back when, when you got the hell out of high school and went and got plastered before prom.

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