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Elgar: A Very English Composer

Charles Hazlewood explores three works for string ensemble, concentrating on what makes Elgar's music seem so quintessentially English.

Charles Hazlewood is joined by the string section of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to explore what makes Elgar such a quintessentially 'English' composer, focusing on his 1905 Introduction and Allegro, and the 1892 Serenade for Strings.

As a contrast, Charles also examines the music of Holst, another English composer who was writing in the early part of the 20th century, looking at his Saint Paul's Suite for string orchestra. Could Holst's style possibly be more authentically English than that of Elgar?

1 hour, 30 minutes


Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro for string orchestra (Op.47)

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Gustav Holst

    St Paul's suite (Op.29`2)


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