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The facts behind the Masters of Music
17. Edward Elgar
Elgar's most famous piece 'Land of Hope and Glory' formed part of the resulting Coronation Ode. Elgar adapted the melody from his original piece and asked poet and essayist A.C Benson to write to accompany the piece after the King suggested the refrain would work well with lyrics. It is claimed that Elgar wasn't a big fan of having words added to his instrumental piece.