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Elgar and Empire

Sunday 3 June 2007 22:45-23:30 (Radio 3)

To mark the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth, historian Tristram Hunt explores how his music articulated the notion of British Empire: its triumph and its decline.

A controversial aspect of the composer, as many feel that Elgar's music is somehow tainted by the association with imperialist aims and ideals, this documentary presents different views about Elgar and Empire from historians Jeffrey Richards, John Mackenzie and Bernard Porter, pianist David Owen Norris and conductor Mark Elder.

Duration:

45 minutes




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