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Elgar and Empire

Elgar and Empire

To mark the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth, historian Tristram Hunt explores how his music articulated the notion of British Empire: its triumph and its decline.

Examining a controversial aspect of the composer, for many feel that Elgar's music is somehow tainted by the association with imperialist aims and ideals, this documentary presents different views about Elgar and Empire from historians Jeffrey Richards, John Mackenzie and Bernard Porter, pianist David Owen Norris and conductor Mark Elder.

45 minutes

Last on

Sun 4 Nov 2007 21:30

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World Music collector, Sir David Attenborough

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The field recordings Attenborough of music performances around the world.

Attenborough's field recordings

Attenborough's field recordings

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