Triumphal March

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A triumphal march is a musical form generally reflecting a triumph, victory or great joy. See: march (music).

Many composers have written a triumphal march, with maybe the best known one being by Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi for his 1871 grand opera, Aida, where, in the second act, Radames leads the Egyptian army on its return following their victory over the Ethiopians. The triumphal scene gives directors the opportunity for elaborate spectacle typical of the grand opera of the period in the nineteenth century.

Among other composers who have composed triumphal marches are Ludwig van Beethoven, Edward Elgar, Edvard Grieg and Alfred Hollins. Alexander Glazunov's is known as the "Triumphal March on the Occasion of the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893".

The song often played in the Philippines (Martsang pandangal in Filipino) during graduation ceremonies is a version of Verdi's Triumphal march from Aida : 2nd act.[1]


  1. ^ "Verdi - Triumph March - 2nd act". Lunch International Choral festival. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 

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