So I graduated high school yesterday. Yay for me. So of course in practicing (yes, we have to practice marching, which is really glorified walking) and during the actual ceremony, I heard a great deal of Pomp and Circumstance, for better or worse, but for me it’s better than our stupid class song, which was some stupid pop tune I don’t even care to mention. Sadly though, Pomp and Circumstance is probably the only “classical” music most of my classmates have heard in their four years of high school. Sucks for them. I’m pretty sure Shostakovich is better than K$sha/any of the other shit kids listen to these days, but I digress. I just want to set the record straight about the graduation song.
The tune isn’t called Pomp and Circumstance. Pomp and Circumstance actually refers to a set of six marches by Edward Elgar called the “Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches,” the title being taken from Othello. Damn Shakespeare for showing up everywhere. The tune we know as the graduation song is only the trio section of the first march, which has its own name. After the march had been composed, King Edward told Elgar he really dug the tune, so later when Elgar wrote his Coronation Ode for Ed, he worked the melody, now including words written by A.C. Benson (another great mustache I might add), into the piece. The text is a poem called “Land of Hope and Glory.” So really “Pomp and Circumstance” is “Land of Hope and Glory.”
I just wanted to clear that up, because it kind of pisses me off when people get this stuff wrong. As a side note, the full march is pretty great.