Pomp and Circumstance

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With the month of May here, high school and college graduations will be in full swing. And what is the number-1 expected piece of music to be played at these memorable and special occasions? What else but Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance! Here is a bit of history and background concerning this delightful and dignified march. Composed in 1901, it’s original purpose was to accompany the coronation of King Edward VII of England, succeeding his mother Queen Victoria. The title ...

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Debussy: Master of Colors

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Achille-Claude Debussy was born August 22nd, 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the outskirts of Paris. Deemed one of the foremost Impressionist composers along the likes of Ravel and Satie, he did much to push music in his day to new heights and expressions. He was quite a musical prodigy, notwithstanding that he came from a very poor family. Early on he attended the Paris Conservatory at the age of 11, after only have taken piano lessons for 4 years. While he was ...

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