The Pomp and Circumstance Marches (full title Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches), Op. 39, are a series of six marches for orchestra composed by Sir Edward Elgar. The first four were published between 1901 and 1907, when Elgar was in his forties; the fifth was published in 1930, a few years before his death; and the sixth, compiled posthumously from sketches, was published in 2005–2006. They include some of Elgar’s best-known compositions.
March No. 5 is perhaps the only work he wrote after the First World War which recaptures the splendour and orchestral opulence of the earlier orchestral works. The time-signature imparts to the march a rhythmic swagger that never falters, although again the Trio theme adds a typical Elgarian tinge of mellow nostalgia to this glittering score.