Follow the Colours (Elgar, Edward)

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. London: Novello & Co.,Ltd., 1914. Plate 14154.
Misc. Notes Title page missing.
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General Information

Work Title Follow the Colours
Alternative. Title Marching Song
Composer Elgar, Edward
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IEE 115
Key E-flat major and D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 (With spirit. In marching time)
Text Incipit Thousands, thousands of marching feet
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1908 for soloist and optional male chorus, with orchestra/military band, in E-flat major
1914 republished (with minor changes) for soloist and optional male chorus with piano, in D major
First Performance. 1908/05/24 — London, Albert Hall
1914/10/10 — London, Albert Hall
First Publication. 1908 – London: Novello & Co.,Ltd.
1914 – London: Novello & Co.,Ltd.
Librettist William de Courcy Stretton (1862-1936)
Language English
Dedication Commissioned by and dedicated to The Worshipful Company of Musicians
Average DurationAvg. Duration 10 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, orchestra, optional male chorus
voice, piano, optional male chorus
External Links Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

The work was the product of a Commission by The Worshipful Company of Musicians for a marching song for soldiers, advertised in 1907. At its first performance, given at a (private) dinner for the Musicians Company in Stationers Hall on 28 April 1908, it was titled just 'Marching Song', but after that was always titled 'Follow the Colours.'