Coronation Durbar, 1903
Captain George Batthyany SANDFORD. Autograph manuscript signed, 'Proclamation Music...for use at The Proclamation of His Majesty King Edward VII as Emperor of India in the Great Durbar held at Delhi on January 1st 1903 And Performed on that occasion by massed bands, field trumpets, bugles, and drums numbering in all 1850 performers Conducted by the Composer', the autograph conductor's score for the original version, Simla, August 1902, and a 'Special Arrangement by the composer for performance by a single Military Band with additional parts for Bugle and Field Trumpets when available', full score in autograph, with a copy with autograph corrections, n.p., n.d., in 3 volumes, together approximately 31 pages, 4to, and 39 pages, folio, in autograph, and 40 pages, folio, in copyist's hand (a few leaves detached), contemporary white Indian goat, ruled and lettered in gilt and blind.
The 'Great Durbar' of 1903, during the viceroyalty of Curzon, was, by contrast with Hardinge's carefully-administered Coronation Durbar of 1911, an occasion for unprecedented outlay, and an opportunity for the exercise of Curzon's 'passion for organizing all forms of pageantry' (DNB). The scale of the present composition, for 1,850 performers, is particularly extravagant, but not untypical of the Raj's zest for pomp and circumstance. The 'Proclamation Music' consists of 'The Summons to the Heralds', 'The March of the Heralds', 'The Proclamation Fanfares' and 'The Proclamation March Suite'. It is inscribed 'Dedicated by Gracious Permission to His Majesty King Edward VII'. (3)