The title incorporates the two symbols of royal power carried by the Queen at her coronation. The composer wanted to dedicate it to the Elizabeth II, but this was an unusual request since it had been granted on only four royal occasions in the preceding 15 years. The march formed part of the music played before the ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2, and was repeated five days later under the baton of Sir John Barbirolli at the Royal Festival Hall, when the music critic of the London Times reported "It makes a joyful noise in the march proper, and it is in the trio that majesty comes to the fore with a sweeping diatonic tune in C major reminiscent of Parry as well as Elgar.
There is Coronation March - The Band Of The Grenadier Guards - Coronation March doubt that Walton relished writing stirring music, and did so brilliantly.
The march is more complex than Crown Imperial, yet has an engaging and festive freshness. The opening two-bar fanfare is followed by a Fadista Louco - Amalia Rodrigues* - Fado Da Saudade section and that "sweeping" tune in C major restated in an elaborate coda and ends with a final brass fanfare.
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