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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

The composer of Land of Hope and Glory is often regarded as the quintessential English gentleman, but Edward Elgar's image of hearty nobility was deliberately contrived. In reality, he was the son of a shopkeeper, who was awkward, nervous, self-pitying and often rude, while his marriage to his devoted wife Alice was complicated by romantic entanglements which fired his creative energy.

In this revelatory portrait of a musical genius, John Bridcut explores the secret conflicts in Elgar's nature which produced some of Britain's greatest music.

Last on

Fri 28 Feb 2014 19:30 BBC Four

Credits

Presenter
John Bridcut
Writer
John Bridcut
Director
John Bridcut
Executive Producer
Fiona Morris
Assistant Producer
Cat Dixon

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