Actually, the title is from Shakespeare. Othello's Act III, scene 3 speech describes the "The royal banner, and all quality; Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!"
Which is not to say Elgar was any sort of jingoist: he wasn't. And he became bitterly disillusioned with imperialism and conflict particularly following World War I.Sir Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
The Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39 are a series of five marches for orchestra composed by Sir Edward Elgar.
I saw John Edwards - live - as well as the other candidates as they met with we Democrats at our San Diego convention in April. Edwards was the most presidential, had the most progressive ideas and actual solutions for problems, had the crowd absolutely electrified: I had been leaning towards Obama, but after hearing Barack speak wonderfully and say nothing, hearing Hillary speak well and earnestly, and then hearing John Edwards bring down the house in their stead, he earned my support.
I remember when we first met nearly 30 years ago in NYC; and the unfortunately far too-few adventures in Florida, Beverly Hills; the Boheme. The extraordinary train-wreck experience of 'Stage Stuck' in all its glorious absurdity. You'll be so missed, but how does one go about pining for a national monument? I'll try to carry on your legacy of looking squarely into the face of disaster and calmly responding "it's fun, isn't it?" Thanks for the time you shared with we mere mortals, Chuck --