The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Queen Elizabeth II of England restored trust in the monarchy. The official celebration of her Diamond Jubilee runs today through Tuesday. So here is a march to mark her stately reign and success. What else should be played in her honor?

June 2, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

This is the year when Queen Elizabeth II of England (below) marks her Diamond Jubilee – that is, 60 years of sitting on the throne.

But guess what?

Guess who, despite ups and downs, saved the institution of the monarchy in the public’s eyes?

All the experts seem to agree: Credit goes to the Queen herself – and not the hipper, more photogenic and glamorous younger royals like the late and much hyped Princess Diana or the nerdy Prince Charles, or the gallant Prince Andrew. (But Price William and Kate Middleton do seem to be building on her precedent.)

It was Her Majesty herself  –  in the words of The Beatles, a pretty nice girl who doesn’t have a lot to say” and who, one fashion wag fondly and approvingly remarked, dresses like an oven mitt — who revived the popularity of the monarchy among a public that only a decade or two ago was growing increasing doubtful and negative about continuing the royal rule. She sure can half-smile and half-wave. Plus she stays dignified and largely silent, but seemingly amiable and hard-working.

I have already posted something about this the day that she actually ascended to the throne (versus the date of her official Coronation).

Here is a link to that posting back on Feb. 6:

And here are some links to official websites being used by the country and the royal family to mark the official Diamond Jubilee, which starts today and runs through Tuesday.,,20395222_20599947,00.html

Here is a trivia test of your knowledge about the Queen:,0,3418305.story

Finally, what music should I post as a Shout Out to QE2 on this grand occasion?

I thought about posting something by Sir Edward Elgar – maybe one of the less popular and less well-known “Pomp and Circumstance” Marches or maybe the first movement of the Symphony No. 1. But that is just too easy and too … well, common.

Then there are Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Arnold Bax, Hubert Parry and the other Brits, famous and neglected. But they seemed more pastoral than majestic.

So I opted instead for “Crown Imperial” March by Sir William Walton (below). The title seems to suit the occasion as does the music.

But I may be mistaken.

Maybe you can improve on me.

So, what greetings and good wishes would you like to leave for the Queen in the Comments section to mark her Diamond Jubilee?

And what piece of music do you think should be played to mark the occasion?

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