(Born: June 2, 1857 – Died: February 23, 1934)
Sir Edward Elgar was appointed Master Of The King’s Musick in 1924. Many of his pieces were commissioned or inspired by the Royal Family. His Coronation Ode written to King Edward VII in 1902 stands out. It was dedicated “by Special Permission, to His Most Gracious Majesty King Edward VII”. It draws from one of Elgar’s most famous compositions, The Pomp and Circumstance Marches. The future King thought it would be a good idea to add lyrics to the tune from trio section of the first Pomp and Circumstance March, and Elgar agreed.