This is the first published piece of music by Sir Edward Elgar - a truly English composer, although you Yanks have grabbed his Pomp and Circumstance No 1 for all your graduation ceremonies. The tradition of that is when he visited Harvard for a graduation speech the piece was chosen, then he went to Yale and they played it again. It became a staple after that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSv3iApK3DQ&feature=related This is Salut d'Amor which means either The Kiss or Love's Greeting depending on your French. It is a real slice of Victorian gentility, and is often played at weddings - including one of mine.
I was fortunate to meet Elgar's daughter, Carice Elgar Blake, on a number of occasions. She was quite the lady. This is only about 4 minutes long so close your eyes and drift back to an earlier time.