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Elgar: A Very English Composer

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.

In comparison Charles examines the music of Holst, another English composer who was writing in the early part of the 20th century. Here he examines Holst's, Saint Paul's Suite for string orchestra. Could Holst's style possibly be more authentically English than that of Elgar?

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49 minutes


Role Contributor
Composer Edward Elgar
Composer Gustav Holst
Orchestra BBC National Orchestra of Wales