Falstaff – Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68, is an orchestral work by the English composer Edward Elgar. Though not so designated by the composer, it is a symphonic poem in the tradition of Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. It portrays Sir John Falstaff, the "fat knight" of William Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.
The work was well received at its première in 1913, but did not inspire the great enthusiasm aroused by some of Elgar's earlier works. The composer thought it his finest orchestral piece, and many Elgar admirers agree, but it has not become a popular favourite. Compared to other Elgar works, it is infrequently played in the concert hall, although it is well represented in the CD catalogues.
Performances & Interviews
- Elgar: Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqt73.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqt73.jpg2016-10-08T13:13:00.000ZBuilding a Library compares recordings of Elgar's Falstaff to make a recommendation.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04bdt5t
Elgar: Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68Building a Library compares recordings of Elgar's Falstaff to make a recommendation.