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

Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No. I (Abridged)
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Pomp and Circumstance March No. I (Abridged)

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La Capricieuse
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La Capricieuse
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Enigma Variations, No 14 - E.D.U. (finale)
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Enigma Variations, No 14 - E.D.U. (finale)
Edward Elgar
In the South
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In the South
Edward Elgar
Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84
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Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 (1st mvt: Adagio - Moderato)
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 (1st mvt: Adagio - Moderato)
Edward Elgar
Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
Edward Elgar
Three Bavarian Dances: No 3
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Three Bavarian Dances: No 3
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Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
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Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
Edward Elgar
Sospiri, Op 70, for strings, harp and organ
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Sospiri, Op 70, for strings, harp and organ
Edward Elgar
Minuet - Coda (Severn Suite, Op.87)
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Minuet -  Coda (Severn Suite, Op.87)
Edward Elgar
Soliloquy for oboe and orchestra orch Gordon Jacob
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Soliloquy for oboe and orchestra orch Gordon Jacob
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
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Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
Edward Elgar
Nimrod (Enigma Variations, Op. 36)
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Nimrod (Enigma Variations, Op. 36)
Edward Elgar
The Wild Bears (The Wand of Youth Suite No 2)
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The Wild Bears (The Wand of Youth Suite No 2)
Edward Elgar
Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 No. 1, arr. Cassidy
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Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 No. 1, arr. Cassidy
Edward Elgar
4 Choral songs Op.53: no.1; There is sweet music
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4 Choral songs Op.53: no.1; There is sweet music
Edward Elgar
To her beneath whose steadfast star, for chorus
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To her beneath whose steadfast star, for chorus
Edward Elgar
Idylle, Op 4 No 1
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Idylle, Op 4 No 1
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Chanson de Nuit Op.15
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Chanson de Nuit Op.15
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Romance
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Romance
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85; 1st movement
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85; 1st movement
Edward Elgar
Froissart, concert overture Op 19
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Froissart, concert overture Op 19
Edward Elgar
Serenade in E minor, Op 20 (3rd mvt)
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Serenade in E minor, Op 20 (3rd mvt)
Edward Elgar
Chanson de matin
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Chanson de matin
Edward Elgar
Piano Quintet (extract)
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Piano Quintet (extract)
Edward Elgar
Soliloquy
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Soliloquy
Edward Elgar
Symphony No 1 op. 55: Adagio
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Symphony No 1 op. 55: Adagio
Edward Elgar
Variations on an original theme (Enigma) Op 36
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Variations on an original theme (Enigma) Op 36
Edward Elgar
In Haven (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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In Haven (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
Edward Elgar
The Wand of Youth Suite No 1
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The Wand of Youth Suite No 1
Edward Elgar
Romance, Op. 62
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Romance, Op. 62
Edward Elgar
Allegro (Vesper Voluntaries)
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Allegro (Vesper Voluntaries)
Edward Elgar
Sea Slumber Song (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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Sea Slumber Song (Sea Pictures, Op 37)
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In the South
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In the South
Edward Elgar
Dream Children Op.43
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Dream Children Op.43
Edward Elgar
Piano Concerto
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Piano Concerto
Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius
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The Dream of Gerontius
Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius Pt 1
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The Dream of Gerontius Pt 1
Edward Elgar
Speak, music, Op 41 No 2
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Speak, music, Op 41 No 2
Edward Elgar
The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), Fountain Dance
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The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), Fountain Dance
Edward Elgar
My love dwelt in a Northern land
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My love dwelt in a Northern land
Edward Elgar
2 Songs Op.60 i no.2; The River
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2 Songs Op.60 i no.2; The River
Edward Elgar
Salut D'Amour
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Salut D'Amour
Edward Elgar
Softly and gently (The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38)
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Softly and gently (The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38)
Edward Elgar
Coronation March, Op. 65
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Coronation March, Op. 65
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-07-29T00:31:20
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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
2018-07-29T00:31:20
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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
1933-08-17T00:31:20
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Aug
1933

Proms 1933: Prom 05

Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 46
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Queen's Hall
1931-10-01T00:31:20
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Oct
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 46

Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 47
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Queen's Hall
1930-10-02T00:31:20
2
Oct
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 47

Queen's Hall

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