Queen Alexandra's Memorial Ode (Elgar, Edward)

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General Information

Work Title Queen Alexandra's Memorial Ode
Alternative. Title So many true princesses who have gone
Composer Elgar, Edward
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IEE 136
Key E-flat major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1932
First Performance. 1932/06/08
Librettist John Masefield (1878-1967)
Language English
Dedication Queen Alexandra
Average DurationAvg. Duration 6 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra (or piano or military band)
External Links Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

  • Written for the occasion of the unveiling of the Sir Alfred Gilbert's memorial (in London outside Marlborough House) to Queen Alexandra on 8 June 1932, when it was first performed by a choir with military band accompaniment. It was originally scored by Elgar for choir with orchestral accompaniment, but due to a change of plan it had to be re-scored for military band (by Capt. Andrew Harris of the Welsh Guards). Both band and orchestra parts have since been lost. The vocal score, as a handwritten manuscript, is in the Library of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
  • WorldCat has only one entry for this work, and it indicates orchestra as the accompaniment. Tagged for orchestra only.