Elgar's Empire March (also known as The British Empire March) was written to open the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924. The piece was never published in its original form for full orchestra although arrangements were published for military band, and for piano. The manuscript material for this and for the associated choral suite Pageant of Empire is now almost entirely lost. The Empire March is one of the handful of original works completed by Elgar between the death of his wife in 1920 and his own demise in 1934. It is well up to the standard of his other marches: the Imperial March and the Pomp and Circumstance series.
Duration 4½ minutes
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Cor Anglais*, 2 Clarinets in Bb, Bass Clarinet*, 2 Bassoons, Contra Bassoon*
4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (Triangle, Side Drum, Cymbals, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells* [scale of Bb])
2 Harps (2nd Harp*)
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)
* = Instruments marked with an asterisk may be omitted