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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Edward Elgar Performances & Interviews


Edward Elgar Tracks

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Hubert Parry
Jerusalem
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Jerusalem
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Three Bavarian Dances - iii) The Marksmen
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Three Bavarian Dances - iii) The Marksmen
Edward Elgar
The Sanguine Fan - Ballet Op.81
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The Sanguine Fan - Ballet Op.81
Edward Elgar
Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
Edward Elgar
Sospiri Op.70 Vers. For Violin & Piano
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Sospiri Op.70 Vers. For Violin & Piano
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537: Fugue
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Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537: Fugue
Edward Elgar
Quintet In A Minor Op.84 For Piano And Strings
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Quintet In A Minor Op.84 For Piano And Strings
Edward Elgar
Dreaming - Envoi (Nursery Suite)
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Dreaming - Envoi (Nursery Suite)
Edward Elgar
We Will Remember Them
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We Will Remember Them

We Will Remember Them

Choir
The Choir of Chichester Cathedral
Edward Elgar
Carissima
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Carissima

Carissima

Performer
BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson (Conductor)
Edward Elgar
For the Fallen (The Spirit of England, Op 80)
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For the Fallen (The Spirit of England, Op 80)
Edward Elgar
4 Part songs, op. 53: no. 4, Owls (An Epitaph)
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4 Part songs, op. 53: no. 4, Owls (An Epitaph)
Edward Elgar
Sospiri
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Sospiri
Edward Elgar
Nimrod
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Nimrod
Edward Elgar
Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63 (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63 (3rd mvt)
Edward Elgar
Cello concerto in E minor
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Cello concerto in E minor

Cello concerto in E minor

Performer
Alexander Buzlov
Orchestra
Romanian Radio National Orchestra
Conductor
Cristian Orosanu
Edward Elgar
Sospiri, Op 70
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Sospiri, Op 70
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 in G major, Op 39
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Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 in G major, Op 39
Edward Elgar
La Capricieuse, Op.17
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La Capricieuse, Op.17
Edward Elgar
Lux Aeterna
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Lux Aeterna
Edward Elgar
Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36
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Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36
Edward Elgar
Love Op.18 No.2
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Love Op.18 No.2

Love Op.18 No.2

Choir
Addictio
Director
Elisa Huovinen
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38 Part 2: 'I Go Before My Judge'
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The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38 Part 2: 'I Go Before My Judge'
Edward Elgar
Wand of Youth Suite: No.2: II.The Little Bells; III. Moths and Butterflies
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Wand of Youth Suite: No.2: II.The Little Bells; III. Moths and Butterflies
Edward Elgar
Polonia Op.76
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Polonia Op.76
Edward Elgar
Nursery Suite: Aubade (Awake)
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Nursery Suite: Aubade (Awake)
Edward Elgar
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op 20
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Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op 20
Edward Elgar
The Serious Doll transc Bennett
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The Serious Doll transc Bennett
Edward Elgar
Psalms 5. 1
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Psalms 5. 1

Psalms 5. 1

Performer
Choir
Cambridge choral course
Orchestra
Edward Elgar
Salut d'amour
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Salut d'amour
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
Ave verum corpus
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Ave verum corpus

Ave verum corpus

Choir
New College Oxford Choir
Edward Elgar
Owls (from 4 Choral Songs, op. 53)
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Owls (from 4 Choral Songs, op. 53)
Edward Elgar
Serenade for Strings (mvt 1) No2 Andante non troppo e con molto espressione
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Serenade for Strings (mvt 1) No2 Andante non troppo e con molto espressione
Edward Elgar
Go, song of mine
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Go, song of mine
Edward Elgar
String Quartet in E minor (2nd mvt)
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String Quartet in E minor (2nd mvt)
Edward Elgar
Cockaigne (In London Town) - overture, Op 40
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Cockaigne (In London Town) - overture, Op 40
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major, Op 39
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Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major, Op 39
Edward Elgar
The Music Makers
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The Music Makers
Thomas Morley
Burial Sentences (Morley) & They are at rest (Elgar)
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Burial Sentences (Morley) & They are at rest (Elgar)
Edward Elgar
Ave Maria, Op 2 No 2
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Ave Maria, Op 2 No 2
Edward Elgar
Serenade in E minor, Op.20 (2nd mvt)
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Serenade in E minor, Op.20 (2nd mvt)
Edward Elgar
They are at rest
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They are at rest
Edward Elgar
Sonata in G major, Op 28 (Allegro Maestoso)
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Sonata in G major, Op 28 (Allegro Maestoso)
Edward Elgar
Pomp And Circumstance 4
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Pomp And Circumstance 4
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major (Op.39)
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Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major (Op.39)

Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major (Op.39)

Performer
Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis (conductor)
Edward Elgar
Froissart - concert overture Op.19
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Froissart - concert overture Op.19
Edward Elgar
Salut d'Amor Op.12
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Salut d'Amor Op.12
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-07-29T22:09:27
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Jul
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom

Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2018: Prom 19: Ten Pieces Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-07-29T22:09:27
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29
Jul
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 19: Ten Pieces Prom

Proms 2018: Prom 19: Ten Pieces Prom

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1933: Prom 05
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Queen's Hall
1933-08-17T22:09:27
17
Aug
1933

Proms 1933: Prom 05

Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 46
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Queen's Hall
1931-10-01T22:09:27
1
Oct
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 46

Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 47
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Queen's Hall
1930-10-02T22:09:27
2
Oct
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 47

Queen's Hall

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