Triumphal March   (1892)

The spread of Glazunov’s international reputation (which brought him the unusual distinction of honorary degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Britain) is attested by the Triumphal March he composed for the “World’s Columbian Exposition” of 1893 in Chicago.  Held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America, it covered over 600 acres with exhibits from 80 different countries.  Glazunov contributed this festive March (with optional chorus). Can you recognize a well-known tune in here?

Alexander Glazunov
(1865 - 1936)

A contemporary photo taken during the World Exposition in Chicago.