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Elgar, Sir Edward (1857-1934)  

Sir Edward Elgar

born: 2 June 1857
died: 23 February 1934
country: United Kingdom

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Elgar’s father, a trained piano-tuner, ran a music shop in Worcester in the 1860s. Young Edward, the fourth of seven children, showed musical talent but was largely self-taught as a player and composer. During his early freelance career he suffered many setbacks, and he was forced to continue teaching long after the desire to compose full-time had taken hold. In later life Elgar likened the experience of teaching to turning a grindstone with a dislocated shoulder. A picture emerges of a frustrated, pessimistic man, whose creative impulses were restrained by his circumstances and apparent lack of progress.

The cantata Caractacus, commissioned by the Leeds Festival, brought Elgar wider recognition, the editor of The Musical Standard calling it ‘one of the most considerable of modern British compositions’ after its first performance in 1898. The Variations on an Original Theme (‘Enigma’; 1898–99) and his oratorio The Dream of Gerontius (1900) cemented his position as England’s finest composer, crowned by two further oratorios, a series of ceremonial works, two symphonies and concertos for violin and cello. Elgar, who was knighted in 1904, became the LSO’s Principal Conductor in 1911 and premiered many of his works with the Orchestra. Towards the end of World War I he entered an almost cathartic period of chamber music composition, completing the peaceful slow movement of his String Quartet soon after Armistice Day. The Piano Quintet, finished in February 1919, reveals his nostalgia for times past. In his final years Elgar recorded many of his works with the LSO and, despite illness, managed to sketch movements of a Third Symphony.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2006

Albums
'Elgar: Cathedral Music' (CDH55147)
Elgar: Cathedral Music
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'Elgar: Choral Songs' (CDA67019)
Elgar: Choral Songs
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'Elgar: Enigma Variations & Organ Sonata' (CDA67363)
Elgar: Enigma Variations & Organ Sonata
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'Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works' (CDA67593)
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works
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'Elgar: Piano Quintet & String Quartet' (CDA67857)
Elgar: Piano Quintet & String Quartet
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'Elgar: Piano Quintet & Violin Sonata' (CDH55301)
Elgar: Piano Quintet & Violin Sonata
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'Elgar: String Quartet; Bridge: Idylls; Walton: String Quartet' (CDH55218)
Elgar: String Quartet; Bridge: Idylls; Walton: String Quartet
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'Elgar: The complete choral songs' (CDA66271/2)
Elgar: The complete choral songs
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'Hymns to Saint Cecilia' (CDA68047)
Hymns to Saint Cecilia
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'Hyperion monthly sampler – November 2014' (HYP201411)
Hyperion monthly sampler – November 2014
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'All in the April Evening' (CDH55243)
All in the April Evening
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'Bridge: Idylls; Elgar: String Quartet; Walton: String Quartet' (CDH55218)
Bridge: Idylls; Elgar: String Quartet; Walton: String Quartet
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'British Light Music Classics' (CDS44261/4)
British Light Music Classics
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'British Light Music Classics, Vol. 2' (CDA66968)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 2
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'Casals Encores' (CDA67831)
Casals Encores
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'English Choral and Organ Music' (CDH55009)
English Choral and Organ Music
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'English Music for Brass' (CDH55070)
English Music for Brass
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'Favourite Classics' (CDH55001)
Favourite Classics
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'L'Après Midi d'un Dinosaur' (CDH88035)
L'Après Midi d'un Dinosaur
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'Music for Organ and Brass Band' (CDH55003)
Music for Organ and Brass Band
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'Organ Dreams, Vol. 1' (CDA67060)
Organ Dreams, Vol. 1
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'Organ Dreams, Vol. 2' (CDA67146)
Organ Dreams, Vol. 2
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 2' (CDA66258)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 2
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 5' (CDA66676)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 5
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 6' (CDA66778)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 6
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 8' (CDA66978)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 8
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'Panis angelicus' (CDA66669)
Panis angelicus
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'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 1 1-17' (CDP11001)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 1 1-17
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'Royal Eurostar' (CDA66870)
Royal Eurostar
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'Shakespeare's Kingdom' (CDA66136)
Shakespeare's Kingdom
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'Stephen Hough's English Piano Album' (CDA67267)
Stephen Hough's English Piano Album
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 3' (CDA66618)
The English Anthem, Vol. 3
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 5' (CDA66758)
The English Anthem, Vol. 5
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 6' (CDA66826)
The English Anthem, Vol. 6
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'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
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'The Playful Pachyderm' (CDA67453)
The Playful Pachyderm
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'The Power of Love' (CDA67888)
The Power of Love
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'The Psalms of David' (CDS44101/12)
The Psalms of David
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'Victorian Concert Overtures' (CDH55088)
Victorian Concert Overtures
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'Walton: String Quartet; Elgar: String Quartet; Bridge: Idylls' (CDH55218)
Walton: String Quartet; Elgar: String Quartet; Bridge: Idylls
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'English Cathedral Music of the 20th Century' (A66018)
English Cathedral Music of the 20th Century
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'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
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On other labels
'Elgar & Myaskovsky: Cello Concertos' (SIGCD116)
Elgar & Myaskovsky: Cello Concertos
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'Elgar, Rheinberger & Strauss: The trumpets that time forgot' (CKD242)
Elgar, Rheinberger & Strauss: The trumpets that time forgot
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'Elgar: Enigma Variations and Introduction & Allegro' (LSO0609)
Elgar: Enigma Variations and Introduction & Allegro
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'Elgar: Serenade for strings; Vaughan Williams: The lark ascending' (SIGCD399)
Elgar: Serenade for strings; Vaughan Williams: The lark ascending
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'1917 - Works for violin & piano' (SIGCD376)
1917 - Works for violin & piano
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'A Song of Farewell' (SIGCD281)
A Song of Farewell
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'Elgar: Enigma Variations' (SIGCD168)
Elgar: Enigma Variations
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'Myaskovsky & Elgar: Cello Concertos' (SIGCD116)
Myaskovsky & Elgar: Cello Concertos
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'Rheinberger, Strauss & Elgar: The trumpets that time forgot' (CKD242)
Rheinberger, Strauss & Elgar: The trumpets that time forgot
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Christmas Greeting, Op 52 (Elgar)
A grim old king  First line to The Herald (Elgar)
After many a dusty mile  No 3 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Alleluia. I sing the birth  First line to I sing the birth (Elgar)
Angelus, Op 56 (Elgar)
As torrents in summer  Song of Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, Op 30 (Elgar)
Ave Maria, Op 2 No 2 (Elgar)
Ave maris stella, Op 2 No 3 (Elgar)
Ave Mary! – Look down, O Queen, on thy children lowly bending  First line to Angelus, Op 56 (Elgar)
Ave verum corpus, Op 2 No 1 (Elgar)
Benedictus  Canticle 2 of Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34 (Elgar)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel  First line to Benedictus, Canticle 2 of Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34 (Elgar)
Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly  First line to Psalm 1 'Beatus vir, qui non abiit' (Elgar)
Bowered on sloping hillsides rise  First line to A Christmas Greeting, Op 52 (Elgar)
Carissima (Elgar)
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85 (Elgar)
Cloud, if as thou dost melt  First line to The Shower, No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
Come! give it a lift, our old-time march-song  First line to Zut, zut, zut (Elgar)
Death on the hills, Op 72 (Elgar)
Deep in my soul  No 2 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Dishevelled and in tears, go, song of mine  First line to Go, song of mine, Op 57 (Elgar)
Dreams all too brief  First line to Serenade, No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Ecce sacerdos magnus (Elgar)
Evening Scene (Elgar)
Fear not, O land (Elgar)
Feasting I watch  No 5 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Fly, singing bird, fly  No 2 of Two Partsongs, Op 26 (Elgar)
Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Froissart, Op 19 (Elgar)
Give unto the Lord, Op 74 (Elgar)
Go, song of mine, Op 57 (Elgar)
Goodmorrow (Elgar)
Great is the Lord, Op 67 (Elgar)
Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands  First line to The Reveille, Op 54 (Elgar)
How calmly the evening (Elgar)
How oft along the woodland way  First line to The Woodland Stream (Elgar)
I met at eve the Prince of Sleep  First line to The Prince of Sleep (Elgar)
I sing the birth (Elgar)
I wander through the woodlands  First line to The Wanderer (Elgar)
Imperial March, Op 32 (Elgar/Martin)
Impromptu (Elgar)
In Smyrna (Elgar)
In the South 'Alassio', Op 50 (Elgar)
Introduction and Allegro, Op 47 (Elgar)
Introduction and Andante  Movement 1 of Vesper Voluntaries, Op 14 (Elgar)
It's oh to be a wild wind  No 4 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Laura Valse (Elgar)
Like the rosy norther glow  First line to Love, Op 18 No 2 (Elgar)
Lo! Christ the Lord is born (Elgar)
Love, Op 18 No 2 (Elgar)
Love's Tempest  No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
March in D major (Elgar)
Mina (Elgar)
My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, Op 18 No 3 (Elgar)
Nimrod  No 9 of Variations on an original theme 'Enigma', Op 36 (Elgar/Wills)
Nimrod (Adagio)  Variation 9 of Variations for orchestra 'Enigma', Op 36 (Elgar)
O happy eyes, Op 18 No 1 (Elgar)
O hearken thou, Op 64 (Elgar)
O salutaris hostia (Elgar)
O salutaris hostia I (Elgar)
O salutaris hostia II (Elgar)
O salutaris hostia III (Elgar)
O snow, which sinks so light  First line to The Snow, No 1 of Two Partsongs, Op 26 (Elgar)
O streamlet, swiftly flowing  First line to The Rapid Stream (Elgar)
O Wild West Wind  No 3 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Organ Sonata in G major, Op 28 (Elgar)
Owls, an Epitaph  No 4 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Pageant of Empire (Elgar)
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 84 (Elgar)
Pleading, Op 48 No 1 (Elgar)
Pomp and Circumstance March in D  No 1 of Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op 39 (Elgar/Wills)
Pomp and Circumstance March in G major  No 4 of Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op 39 (Elgar/Wills)
Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D, Op 39 (Elgar/Lemare)
Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 in G major, Op 39 (Elgar/Sinclair)
Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op 39 (Elgar/Wills)
Psalm 1 'Beatus vir, qui non abiit' (Elgar)
Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode (Elgar)
Romance, Op 62 (Elgar)
Salut d'amour, Op 12 (Elgar)
Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, Op 30 (Elgar)
Serenade  No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Serenade for strings, Op 20 (Elgar)
Severn Suite, Op 87 (Elgar/Geehl)
Shakespeare's Kingdom  No 1 of Pageant of Empire (Elgar)
Silent lay the sapphire ocean  First line to Love's Tempest, No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
So many true princesses who have gone  First line to Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode (Elgar)
Sonata in G, Op 28 (Elgar)
Sonata No 2, Op 87a (Elgar/Carey)
Spanish Serenade, Op 23 (Elgar)
Speak, music, Op 41 No 2 (Elgar)
Stars of the summer night!  First line to Spanish Serenade, Op 23 (Elgar)
String Quartet in E minor, Op 83 (Elgar)
Sursum Corda, Op 11 (Elgar)
Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34 (Elgar)
The Angel's Farewell  Movement from The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar/Brewer)
The Apostles, Op 49 (Elgar)
The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar/Brewer)
The Fountain  No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
The Herald (Elgar)
The Prince of Sleep (Elgar)
The Rapid Stream (Elgar)
The Reveille, Op 54 (Elgar)
The sheep-bell tolleth curfew-time  First line to Evening Scene (Elgar)
The Shower  No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
The Snow  No 1 of Two Partsongs, Op 26 (Elgar)
The Spirit of the Lord  Prologue of The Apostles, Op 49 (Elgar)
The unthrift sun shot vital gold  First line to The Fountain, No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
The Wanderer (Elgar)
The Woodland Stream (Elgar)
There is sweet music  No 1 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
They are at rest (Elgar)
Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Two Partsongs, Op 26 (Elgar)
Variations for orchestra 'Enigma', Op 36 (Elgar)
Variations for orchestra 'Enigma', Op 36 (Elgar/John)
Variations on an original theme 'Enigma', Op 36 (Elgar/Wills)
Vesper Voluntaries, Op 14 (Elgar)
Violin Sonata in E minor, Op 82 (Elgar)
Weary wind of the west (Elgar)
What is that? … Nothing  First line to Owls, an Epitaph, No 4 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
When Shakespeare came to London  First line to Shakespeare's Kingdom, No 1 of Pageant of Empire (Elgar)
When swallows dart from cottage eves  First line to When swallows fly (Elgar)
When swallows fly (Elgar)
Whether I find thee  No 2 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Why o'er the dark'ning hill-slopes  First line to Death on the hills, Op 72 (Elgar)
Will you come homeward from the hills of Dreamland?  First line to Pleading, Op 48 No 1 (Elgar)
Yea, cast me from heights  No 1 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
You that have spent the silent night  First line to Goodmorrow (Elgar)
Zut, zut, zut (Elgar)
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