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Orb and Sceptre Coronation March, for orchestra (1952–3)

• Composition: 1952–3
First Public Performance: 2 June 1953. Westminster Abbey, London. Coronation Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult conductor.
Duration: About 7 minutes
Dedication: To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Craggs Catalogue Number: C59
Instrumentation: 3 flutes (third doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets (third doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons – 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba – timpani, 3 percussion (side drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine) – harp – organ (optional) – strings
Manuscript: Frederick R. Koch Collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Manuscript FRKF 628. Autograph full score. 31 pages.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Score and parts are available on hire.
Arrangements:
Arranged for reduced orchestra, by Roy Douglas.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (second doubling piccolo), 1 or 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 or 2 bassoons – 2 or 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba (optional) – timpani, 2 to 4 percussion – harp – strings
Alternate instrumentation: Piano – strings
Publication: Oxford University Press. Piano/conductor score, 1953, 019 3683032 (discontinued). Score and parts are available on hire.
Arranged for military band, by Norman Richardson.
Publication: Boosey and Hawkes. Score, 1953, QMB 188, and parts. Discontinued.
Arranged for piano solo, by Roy Douglas.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Score, 1953, 019 3739216. Discontinued.
Arranged for organ solo, by Sir William McKie.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Score, 1953, 019 3758733.
Arranged for brass band, by Eric Ball.
Instrumentation: Soprano cornet, 8 cornets, flugelhorn, 3 horns, 2 baritone horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, 2 euphonium, 2 bass horns in B-flat, 2 bass horns in E-flat – timpani, percussion (side drum)
Publication: Oxford University Press. Score, 1979, 019 368537X. Set of parts, 019 3685388.
Arranged for organ solo, by Robert Gower.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Included in A Walton Organ Album, 1996, 019 3758709. [Purchase online from SheetMusicPlus.com: A Walton Organ Album]
Recordings:

Orchestra Conductor Year Compact Disc Timing
London Symphony Orchestra Sir Malcolm Sargent 1953 London 425 662-2 7’27”
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Charles Groves 1969 EMI Classics 67222 7’12”
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Louis Frémaux 1976 EMI Classics 64201 6’50”
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra David Hill 1991 Decca 467 613-2 7’36”
The Philharmonia Sir David Willcocks 1991 Chandos CHAN 8998 7’04”
Robert Gower organ [arr. Gower] n/a 1996 Priory PRCD 591 8’09”
English Northern Philharmonia Paul Daniel 2001 Naxos 8.555869 7’20”
The Band of the Scots Guards  [arr. Richardson] Major R. J. Owen 2002 SRC 107 7’24”