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Program Notes

Crown Imperial March


William Walton, composer

Crown Imperial March, commissioned for the coronation of King George VI, was first performed at the coronation ceremony in 1937. The enormous vitality of the music finds ample breadth of sound in this brilliant coronation march. The first section has a quiet but rhythmic opening which gradually builds to a brilliant climax. This gives way to a broad and stately melody, which is typically English in majestic sonority.

—published score


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