Edward Elgar
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1857-06-02
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Edward Elgar

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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Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)' (Proms 2017)
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Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)' (Proms 2017)
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G
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Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G
Edward Elgar
Polonia, Op 76
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Polonia, Op 76
Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius: Softly and Gently Dearly Ransomed Soul
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The Dream of Gerontius: Softly and Gently Dearly Ransomed Soul
Edward Elgar
The Music Makers, Op 69 (Proms 2017)
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The Music Makers, Op 69 (Proms 2017)
Edward Elgar
Piano Quintet, Op.84: III. Andante - Allegro
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Piano Quintet, Op.84: III. Andante - Allegro
Edward Elgar
Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2
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Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85 (2nd mvt)
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85 (2nd mvt)
Edward Elgar
Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Op. 63
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Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Op. 63
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major
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Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major
Edward Elgar
Symphony No.1 in A flat major
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Symphony No.1 in A flat major
Edward Elgar
Nimrod [Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras; 1993]
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Nimrod [Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras; 1993]
Edward Elgar
Nimrod - from Enigma Variations
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Nimrod - from Enigma Variations

Nimrod - from Enigma Variations

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Berlin Staatskapelle
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Edward Elgar
Symphony No 2 in E flat major (Proms 2017)
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Symphony No 2 in E flat major (Proms 2017)
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85
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Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85
Edward Elgar
Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor
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Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor

Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor

Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra (members of)
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory')
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Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory')
Edward Elgar
Symphony No 1 in A flat major (Proms 2017)
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Symphony No 1 in A flat major (Proms 2017)
Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius Part 1
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The Dream of Gerontius Part 1
Edward Elgar
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
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Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Edward Elgar
Three Part Songs Op. 18 - No. 3 'My Love dwelt in a Northern Land'
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Three Part Songs Op. 18 - No. 3 'My Love dwelt in a Northern Land'
Edward Elgar
Cockaigne Overture
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Cockaigne Overture
Edward Elgar
Symphony No 3 - 2nd movement, Scherzo allegretto
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Symphony No 3 - 2nd movement, Scherzo allegretto
Edward Elgar
Bavarian Dance No 1
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Bavarian Dance No 1
Edward Elgar
La capricieuse
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La capricieuse
Edward Elgar
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 48
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Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 48
Edward Elgar
Two Part-Songs, Op. 71: 2. The Fountain
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Two Part-Songs, Op. 71: 2. The Fountain
Edward Elgar
Two Part Songs, Op. 81: 1. The Shower
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Two Part Songs, Op. 81: 1. The Shower
Edward Elgar
Cockaigne (In London Town), Op. 40
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Cockaigne (In London Town), Op. 40
Edward Elgar
Cockaigne (In London Town)- overture Op. 40
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Cockaigne (In London Town)- overture Op. 40
Edward Elgar
Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op 63
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Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op 63
Edward Elgar
Sospiri, Op 70
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Sospiri, Op 70
Edward Elgar
Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2, arr for string quartet
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Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2, arr for string quartet
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85
Edward Elgar
Variations on an original theme ('Enigma'), Op 36
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Variations on an original theme ('Enigma'), Op 36
Edward Elgar
Lux Aeterna, (extract Enigma Variations)
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Lux Aeterna, (extract Enigma Variations)

Lux Aeterna, (extract Enigma Variations)

Music Arranger
Choir
Croatian Radio and Television Chorus
Conductor
Tonci Bilic
Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 9, 'Nimrod')
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Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 9, 'Nimrod')
Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 10, 'Dorabella')
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Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 10, 'Dorabella')
Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 7, 'Troyte')
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Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 7, 'Troyte')
Edward Elgar
"Softly and gently, dearly ransomed soul" (The Dream of Gerontius)
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"Softly and gently, dearly ransomed soul" (The Dream of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar
In the South 'Alassio'
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In the South 'Alassio'
Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations, Op 36 - Variation 14, E.D.U.
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Enigma Variations, Op 36 - Variation 14, E.D.U.
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March in A minor, Op.39 No.2
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Pomp and Circumstance March in A minor, Op.39 No.2
Edward Elgar
The Music Makers (Op.69) [1912]
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The Music Makers (Op.69) [1912]
Edward Elgar
Nursery Suite
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Nursery Suite
Edward Elgar
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

Choir
St Mary's Collegiate Church, Warwick
Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations
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Enigma Variations
Edward Elgar
Sospiri, Op.70
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Sospiri, Op.70

Sospiri, Op.70

Performer
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis (conductor)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1933: Prom 05
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Queen's Hall
1933-08-17T02:21:34
17
Aug
1933

Proms 1933: Prom 05

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Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 46
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Queen's Hall
1931-10-01T02:21:34
1
Oct
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 46

20:00
Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 47
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Queen's Hall
1930-10-02T02:21:34
2
Oct
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 47

20:00
Queen's Hall
Proms 1924: Prom 58 - In the presence of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary
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Queen's Hall
1924-10-15T02:21:34
15
Oct
1924

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

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Queen's Hall
Proms 1921: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1921-09-22T02:21:34
22
Sep
1921

Proms 1921: Prom 35

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Queen's Hall

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