Follow the Colours (Elgar, Edward)

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Voice and Orchestra with Male Chorus

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Publisher. Info. Manuscript, 1908.
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Misc. Notes By permission of The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Autograph score dated May 21, 1908. Titled just "Marching Song" before being given its name "Follow the Colours" from the words of the song. Presented to The Worshipful Company of Musicians June 14 1910.
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Misc. Notes Transcribed from composer's 1908 ms.
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Voice and Piano with Male Chorus

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Publisher. Info. London: Novello & Co.,Ltd., 1914. Plate 14154.
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Misc. Notes Title page missing.
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13 more: Oboes 1/2 • Clarinets 1/2 (B♭) • Bassoons 1/2, Contrabassoon • Horns 1/2, 3/4 (F) • Trumpets 1/2 (B♭) • Trombones 1, 2, 3, Tuba • Timpani • Side Drum/Triangle, Cymbals/Bass Drum • Violins I • Violins II • Violas • Cellos • Basses

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Misc. Notes Parts for 1908 edition: orchestra, solo voice and chorus. From manuscript score.
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Voice and Piano with Male Chorus

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Misc. Notes For 1908 edition. Tenor solo, male chorus TBB and piano (rehearsal only)
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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.'