The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > General Questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-21-2005, 06:28 AM
Shakes Shakes is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Dallas Tx.
Posts: 9,338
What's the name of that college graduation song?

You know the one I'm talking about.

It's usually played on any given National Lampoons movie that involves kids graduating college at the end of the movie. It's an instrumental.

Hope that's desciptive enough.
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 12-21-2005, 06:36 AM
flodnak flodnak is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: outside Oslo, Norway
Posts: 4,762
"Pomp and Circumstance". It was, in fact, played at my high school graduation.

In Britain the same tune is used for a patriotic anthem called "Land of Hope and Glory". So when British movies stick in a patriotic theme, American audiences start looking for the caps and gowns...
__________________
An American flodnak in Oslo.
Do not open cover; no user serviceable parts inside.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-21-2005, 07:03 AM
Tevildo Tevildo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by flodnak
"Pomp and Circumstance". It was, in fact, played at my high school graduation.

In Britain the same tune is used for a patriotic anthem called "Land of Hope and Glory". So when British movies stick in a patriotic theme, American audiences start looking for the caps and gowns...
England, please. Not many Scots or Welsh will sing along to "Land of Hope and Glory".

Incidentally, the tune is by Elgar.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-21-2005, 07:18 AM
CalMeacham CalMeacham is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2000
When they play non-graduation music over images of a college, it's Gaudeamus Igitur. You've heard it:

Da dahhhh .... Da da-da-duhhhhhh

Duh da dahhh da ...... da-DA-duh
__________________
"My name is Michael Jackson, King of Pop
Look on my works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!"
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-21-2005, 07:18 AM
Peter Morris Peter Morris is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: ___\o/___(\___
Posts: 8,899
Gaudeamus Igitur?

Info and mp3 here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaudeamus_igitur

Is that the one? It's often used in movies to represent college life, usually an instrumental played by a string quartet.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-21-2005, 08:53 AM
Figaro Figaro is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Quote:
Originally Posted by flodnak
"Pomp and Circumstance". It was, in fact, played at my high school graduation.

In Britain the same tune is used for a patriotic anthem called "Land of Hope and Glory". So when British movies stick in a patriotic theme, American audiences start looking for the caps and gowns...
To be specific, it's the Pomp and Circumstance March #1, by Edward Elgar. Elgar wrote three P&C marches altogether.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-21-2005, 10:24 AM
Tastes of Chocolate Tastes of Chocolate is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: slightly north of center
Posts: 4,211
Pomp and Circumstance March #1 is written with several repeatable sections, making it very flexable, time wise. I'm convinced that this is one of the reasons it is used so much at graduations.

My junior year in high school, we played it for the senior graduation. We stretched it out long enough to let 500 seniors march across the stage and shake hands with the principal. I've hated that song ever since.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-21-2005, 10:43 AM
Thudlow Boink Thudlow Boink is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Springfield, IL
Posts: 17,362
Quote:
Originally Posted by Figaro
To be specific, it's the Pomp and Circumstance March #1, by Edward Elgar. Elgar wrote three P&C marches altogether.
Five of 'em, actually, as long as we're nitpicking.

Though it was originally an instrumental, I forever associate this tune with a bit they did on Sesame Street with food items marching along to Pomp and Circumstance
Quote:
...Fresh creamery butter,
And blueberry pie
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-21-2005, 11:08 AM
Figaro Figaro is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thudlow Boink
Five of 'em, actually, as long as we're nitpicking.
There I go, confusing my prime numbers again!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-21-2005, 02:33 PM
SpoilerVirgin SpoilerVirgin is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Obama Country
Posts: 4,541
It's also the music for my favorite segment of Disney's Fantasia 2000.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-21-2005, 03:49 PM
h.sapiens h.sapiens is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter Morris
Gaudeamus Igitur?

Info and mp3 here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaudeamus_igitur

Is that the one? It's often used in movies to represent college life, usually an instrumental played by a string quartet.
That's the one. The instrumental version you usually hear is from Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture".
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-21-2005, 04:45 PM
Squink Squink is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpoilerVirgin
It's also the music for my favorite segment of Disney's Fantasia 2000.
And also the theme played during coronation of the winner on the Queen for a Day TV show.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.