The Crown of India, Op.66 (Elgar, Edward)




Suite, Op.66a

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Publisher Info. DuPage, IL: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Misc. Notes Recorded 5 February 2005. From Internet Archive.
The recording breaks off in the middle. --Ralph Theo Misch 23:25, 3 June 2011 (UTC)
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Performers Col. Michael J. Colburn (conductor)
Publisher Info. Land of Hope and Glory
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Suite, Op.66a

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Publisher. Info. London: Boosey & Hawkes & Son, 1912. Plate H. & S.4888.
Misc. Notes From the International Harp Archives at Brigham Young University
(also digitally archived at the Internet Archive).
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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Arranger Hugh Blair (1862-1932)
Publisher. Info. London: Enoch & Sons, 1912.
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General Information

Work Title The Crown of India, Op.66
Alternative. Title
Composer Elgar, Edward
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.66, Op.66a
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Masque – 12 pieces
  • Tableau I. The Cities of Ind
1a. Introduction
1b. Sacred Measure
2. Dance of the Nautch Girls
2a. India greets her Cities
3. Song (Agra): "Hail, Immemorial Ind!" (The Homage of Ind)
3a. Entrance of Calcutta
India: "Welcome Calcutta!"
3b. Entrance of Delhi
Delhi: "Stop! That place is mine"
4a. Introduction
4b. March of the Mogul Emperors
India: "Illustrious Emperors!"
5. Entrance of 'John Company'
Calcutta: "Good John Company, reply"
5a. Entrance of St. George
India: "Calcutta, Delhi, give your quarrel pause"
6. Song (St. George): "The Rule of England"
7. Interlude
  • Tableau II. Ave Imperator!
8a. Introduction
8b. Warriors' Dance
9. The Cities of Ind
India: "Hail festal hour from out the ages drawn"
10. March: 'The Crown of India'
India: 'Incessu patuit Imperator'
10a. The Homage of Ind
11. The Crowning of Delhi
12. Ave Imperator!

Orchestral Suite – 5 pieces (Op.66a)

1. Introduction (1a) and Dance of the Nautch Girls (2)
2. Menuetto = Entrance of 'John Company' (5)
3. Warriors' Dance (8b)
4. Intermezzo (added for suite)
5. March of the Mogul Emperors (4b)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1911-12
First Performance. 1912-03-11 – (Masque)
London: Coliseum Theatre. Soli, chorus and orchestra. Edward Elgar, conductor

1912-09-11 – (Suite)

Hereford Festival. London Symphony Orchestra. Edward Elgar, conductor
First Publication. 1912 - London: Novello
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 60 minutes – (Masque)
18 minutes – (Suite)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation MasqueVocal soli and Mixed chorus with Orchestra
Orchestral Suite, Op.66aOrchestra
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion, harp, string orchestra
External Links Wikipedia article
Elgar Society
Extra Information The only score published for the complete masque was a vocal score arranged by Elgar's friend Hugh Blair. The orchestral parts were apparently destroyed in the 1960s. In 2007 the Elgar Society commissioned the composer Anthony Payne to complete the orchestration of the music, using Elgar's own orchestrations of the movements used in the suite.