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Triumphal March from Caractacus

Triumphal March from Caractacus
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Elgar’s ‘Caractacus’ tells the story of a British chieftain who fought the Roman invaders. Eventually defeated at the British Camp on the Malvern Hills Caractacus was taken to Rome for trial but so impressed Emperor Claudius that he was pardoned. The Triumphal procession is the scene from the oratorio which is a tableau depicting the jubilant Roman army returning to Rome with its human spoils headed by Caractacus in AD 51. The pageantry surrounding the movement reflects the excited crowd as the parade marches on. Later in the piece we are reminded of the wearied prisoners’ woeful gait. It is a colourful work and it is mildly ironic that the characteristically pompous style of writing is in relation to a conquered Briton!

Elgar began the composition some months after Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee with the ‘Triumphal March’, which remains the best known of the work’s music, dominating the final scene.

Arranged for Brass Band by Brian Daniels, this richly textured concert march, with its powerful fanfares and eloquent melodies, make it an ideal concert opener or finale.

ComposerEdward Elgar
ArrangerBrian Daniels
CategoryBrass Band
DurationCirca 7 mins
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 4 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationSolo Eb Horn
2nd Bb Cornet
3rd Bb Cornet
1st Bb Tenor Trombone
2nd Bb Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
Bb Euphonium
Side Drum
Bass Drum
Eb Soprano Cornet
Solo Bb Cornets
Repiano Bb Cornet
1st Eb Horn
2nd Eb Horn
1st Bb Baritone
2nd Bb Baritone
Eb Bass
Bb Bass
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Product Code: SM0291

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