Edward Elgar
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1857-06-02
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Edward Elgar Biography (BBC)

Edward Elgar was the greatest English composer since Purcell, and the first to win widespread international recognition. The confidently crafted surface of his music conceals a complex and sensitive personality, shaped in hidebound Victorian society by consciousness of his status as an outsider: he was the son of a music shopkeeper and piano tuner in provincial Worcester, and brought up as a Catholic. Elgar had a practical training as a performer on the violin and other instruments, and taught himself composition.

His reputation was slow to spread beyond the West Midlands, but he attained national prominence in 1899 when his ‘Enigma’ Variations were premiered in London. His next major work, the oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, quickly became successful in Britain and Germany. A heady decade followed which saw the composition of two further oratorios, The Apostles and The Kingdom, and a stream of orchestral works culminating in the First Symphony and the Violin Concerto.

Elgar moved to London, and took on the conductorship of the London Symphony Orchestra for the 1911/12 season. But the Second Symphony, the choral ode The Music Makers and the symphonic study Falstaff were discouragingly received.

After the premiere of the Cello Concerto in 1919 and the death of his wife the following year, Elgar moved back to the West Midlands and went into virtual retirement. However, he was working with renewed energy on an opera and a Third Symphony when he died in 1934.

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Edward Elgar Biography (Wikipedia)

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet OM GCVO (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.

Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition. He nevertheless married the daughter of a senior British army officer. She inspired him both musically and socially, but he struggled to achieve success until his forties, when after a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. He followed the Variations with a choral work, The Dream of Gerontius (1900), based on a Roman Catholic text that caused some disquiet in the Anglican establishment in Britain, but it became, and has remained, a core repertory work in Britain and elsewhere. His later full-length religious choral works were well received but have not entered the regular repertory.

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Coronation March
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Coronation March
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Salut d'amour (Op.12) vers. for violin and piano
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Salut d'amour (Op.12) vers. for violin and piano
Edward Elgar
4 Choral Songs (Op. 53)
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4 Choral Songs (Op. 53)
Edward Elgar
The Wand of youth - suite no. 1 (Op.1a), Sun dance
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The Wand of youth - suite no. 1 (Op.1a), Sun dance
Edward Elgar
Severn suite Op.87a, arr. for orchestra [orig. for brass band]
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Severn suite Op.87a, arr. for orchestra [orig. for brass band]
Edward Elgar
Symphony No 1 in A flat major (Proms 2016)
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Symphony No 1 in A flat major (Proms 2016)
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 (1st mvt: Adagio - Moderato)
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 (1st mvt: Adagio - Moderato)
Edward Elgar
Dream of Gerontius (excerpt): "Sanctus fortis"
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Dream of Gerontius (excerpt): "Sanctus fortis"
Edward Elgar
Concert Overture 'In the South' op 50
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Concert Overture 'In the South' op 50
Edward Elgar
Serenade in E minor Op.20 for string orchestra
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Serenade in E minor Op.20 for string orchestra
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Sea Pictures (Op.37)
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Sea Pictures (Op.37)
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Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 2 & 3
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Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 2 & 3
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2 Songs (Op.41), no.2; Speak, music, speak, my heart
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2 Songs (Op.41), no.2; Speak, music, speak, my heart
Edward Elgar
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op 61
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Violin Concerto in B minor, Op 61
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Nimrod from Enigma Variations
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Nimrod from Enigma Variations
William Croft
O God our help in ages past
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O God our help in ages past
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Falstaff Symphonic Study Op.68
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Falstaff Symphonic Study Op.68
Edward Elgar
Severn Suite for brass band (Op.87)
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Severn Suite for brass band (Op.87)

Severn Suite for brass band (Op.87)

Ensemble
Royal Academy of Music Brass Soloists
Edward Elgar
Nimrod - from Enigma Variations
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Nimrod - from Enigma Variations
Edward Elgar
Nimrod from Enigma Variations (feat. Charles Mackerras & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
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Nimrod from Enigma Variations (feat. Charles Mackerras & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Edward Elgar
Variations on an original theme 'Enigma' for orchestra (Op.36)
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Variations on an original theme 'Enigma' for orchestra (Op.36)
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 in G major
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Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 in G major
Edward Elgar
Sea Pictures
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Sea Pictures
Edward Elgar
Falstaff - symphonic study in C minor Op.68
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Falstaff - symphonic study in C minor Op.68
Edward Elgar
Troyte; W.N; Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36
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Troyte; W.N; Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36
Edward Elgar
Sonata in E minor Op.82 for violin and piano
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Sonata in E minor Op.82 for violin and piano
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No 4
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Pomp and Circumstance March No 4
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor (Proms 2016)
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Cello Concerto in E minor (Proms 2016)
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85 (Proms 2016)
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85 (Proms 2016)
Edward Elgar
5 Partsongs... for male chorus (Op.45), no.4; It's oh to be a wild wind
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5 Partsongs... for male chorus (Op.45), no.4; It's oh to be a wild wind
Edward Elgar
The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), The Wild bears
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The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), The Wild bears
Edward Elgar
Violin sonata in E minor Op.82
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Violin sonata in E minor Op.82
Edward Elgar
La Capricieuse
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La Capricieuse

La Capricieuse

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Cello Concerto
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Cello Concerto
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Variation 2: H.D.S-P. (Enigma Variations)
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Variation 2: H.D.S-P. (Enigma Variations)
Edward Elgar
Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie
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Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie
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My Love Dwelt In A Northern Land
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My Love Dwelt In A Northern Land
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Salut d'Amour
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Salut d'Amour
Edward Elgar
Give unto the Lord
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Give unto the Lord

Give unto the Lord

Choir
Choir of St John's College
Cambridge
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They are at rest
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They are at rest
Edward Elgar
Chanson de Nuit
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Chanson de Nuit
Edward Elgar
Piano Quintet in A Minor, last Mvt.
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Piano Quintet in A Minor, last Mvt.
Edward Elgar
Come, Gentle Night
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Come, Gentle Night

Come, Gentle Night

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Reinild Mees
Edward Elgar
Speak, my Heart!
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Speak, my Heart!

Speak, my Heart!

Performer
Reinild Mees
Edward Elgar
Salut d'amour
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Salut d'amour
Edward Elgar
Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor, 1st mvt; Allegro piacevole
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Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor, 1st mvt; Allegro piacevole
Edward Elgar
Douce Pensee 'Rosemary'
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Douce Pensee 'Rosemary'
Edward Elgar
Carissima
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Carissima
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Past BBC Events

Prom 05 Proms 1933
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Queen's Hall
1933-08-17T06:53:45
17
Aug
1933

Prom 05 Proms 1933

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 46 Proms 1931
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Queen's Hall
1931-10-01T06:53:45
1
Oct
1931

Prom 46 Proms 1931

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 47 Proms 1930
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Queen's Hall
1930-10-02T06:53:45
2
Oct
1930

Prom 47 Proms 1930

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 58 - In the presence of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary Proms 1924
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Queen's Hall
1924-10-15T06:53:45
15
Oct
1924

Prom 58 - In the presence of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary Proms 1924

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 35 Proms 1921
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Queen's Hall
1921-09-22T06:53:45
22
Sep
1921

Prom 35 Proms 1921

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Queen's Hall

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