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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Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)

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Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
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Nimrod from the Enigma Variations

Nimrod from the Enigma Variations

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National Youth Orchestra Of Usa
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Serenade for string orchestra, Op.20
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Serenade for string orchestra, Op.20
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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
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Sea Pictures, Op 37
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Sea Pictures, Op 37
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Salut d'amour arr. trombone, bass, piano
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Salut d'amour arr. trombone, bass, piano

Salut d'amour arr. trombone, bass, piano

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Susan Addison
Chi-chi Nwanoko
Sally Goodworth
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The Wand of Youth (Music to a Child's Play), Suite No.1
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The Wand of Youth (Music to a Child's Play), Suite No.1
Edward Elgar
Sospiri, Op 70, for strings, harp and organ
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Sospiri, Op 70, for strings, harp and organ
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Violin Sonata (arr. for Viola): 2nd Mvt.
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Violin Sonata (arr. for Viola): 2nd Mvt.
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Enigma Variations
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Enigma Variations
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The Wand of Youth Suite No 1
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The Wand of Youth Suite No 1
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Enigma Variations, Finale, Allegro Presto
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Enigma Variations, Finale, Allegro Presto
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Cockaigne Overture
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Cockaigne Overture
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Nimrod
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Nimrod
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Caractacus Scene 6: Processional Music
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Caractacus Scene 6: Processional Music
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In the South 'Alassio', Op 50
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In the South 'Alassio', Op 50
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Introduction And Allegro Op.47 For String Orchestra
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Introduction And Allegro Op.47 For String Orchestra
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Nimrod (Enigma Variations, Op. 36)
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Nimrod (Enigma Variations, Op. 36)
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The Dream of Gerontius
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The Dream of Gerontius
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Lux Aeterna (choral arrangement of Nimrod)
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Lux Aeterna (choral arrangement of Nimrod)
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Severn Suite Op 87
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Severn Suite Op 87
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Organ Sonata No 1 in G major Op 28 2nd mvt allegretto
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Organ Sonata No 1 in G major Op 28 2nd mvt allegretto
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The Wand of Youth Suite No 1, Op 1a
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The Wand of Youth Suite No 1, Op 1a
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Mina
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Mina
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In the South - Alassio Op 50
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In the South - Alassio Op 50
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From the Bavarian Highlands Op 27
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From the Bavarian Highlands Op 27
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Five Quadrilles
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Five Quadrilles

Five Quadrilles

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Innovation Chamber Ensemble
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Barry Collett
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In Smyrna
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In Smyrna
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The Wand of Youth Suite No 1 (Fairy Pipers)
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The Wand of Youth Suite No 1 (Fairy Pipers)
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Sea Slumber Song (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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Sea Slumber Song (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), Moths and Butterflies (Dance)
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The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), Moths and Butterflies (Dance)
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Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85 - 1st & 2nd mvt
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Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85 - 1st & 2nd mvt
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Piano Quintet Op 84 - 3rd mvt andante - allegro
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Piano Quintet Op 84 - 3rd mvt andante - allegro
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Sea Pictures Op 37
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Sea Pictures Op 37
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The Woodland Interlude from Caractacus
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The Woodland Interlude from Caractacus
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Dreaming - Envoi (Nursery Suite)
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Dreaming - Envoi (Nursery Suite)
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String Quartet - 2nd mvt Piacevole (poco andante)
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String Quartet - 2nd mvt Piacevole (poco andante)
Edward Elgar
Symphony No. 2 - 3rd mvt - presto
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Symphony No. 2 - 3rd mvt - presto
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Enigma Variations Op 36
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Enigma Variations Op 36
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Four Choral Songs - No. 4 Owls,an Epitaph
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Four Choral Songs - No. 4 Owls,an Epitaph
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Sea Pictures, Op 37
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Sea Pictures, Op 37
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Dream Children
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Dream Children
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Chantant
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Chantant
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Sonata in E minor, Op 82
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Sonata in E minor, Op 82
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The Dream of Gerontius - extract from 'The Angel and the Soul' to end
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The Dream of Gerontius - extract from 'The Angel and the Soul' to end
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O Happy Eyes
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O Happy Eyes
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Salut d'amour
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Salut d'amour
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Cockaigne - In London Town
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Cockaigne - In London Town
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Pomp and Circumstance March Op 39 No. 1 in D major
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Pomp and Circumstance March Op 39 No. 1 in D major
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La capricieuse, Op 17
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La capricieuse, Op 17
Edward Elgar
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op.20
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Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op.20
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
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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
2018-07-29T19:04:00
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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
1933-08-17T19:04:00
17
Aug
1933

Proms 1933: Prom 05

Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 46
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Queen's Hall
1931-10-01T19:04:00
1
Oct
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 46

Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 47
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Queen's Hall
1930-10-02T19:04:00
2
Oct
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 47

Queen's Hall

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