Crown Imperial
William Walton


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The highest of Walton's 2 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in 17 of the 20th Hall of Fame countdowns, reaching its highest position of number 85 in 2002.

Walton wrote this piece for the coronation of Edward VIII, but in the end used it for the coronation of George VI. Said to have been modelled on the Pomp and Circumstance Marches of Elgar, it was performed again at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. At the time, much was made of the absence of Elgar's music at the 1953 coronation, with Crown Imperial being called the old wine to go alongside his new, Orb and Sceptre.