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The South Downs near Eastbourne by Edward Reginald Frampton (1872-1923)
© Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67857
Recording details: July 2010
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: July 2011
Total duration: 2 minutes 39 seconds

Laura Valse
composer
1887

Laura Valse  [2'39]

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In 1887 Elgar composed the Laura Valse, probably for a soprano from Stratford whose family discouraged the attentions of the obscure music teacher. The autograph belonged to Steve Race, Elgarian and collector as well as radio personality. It was confirmed as being in Elgar’s hand for the 2001 New Grove Dictionary, and Race recorded the piece for a talk he gave to the Elgar Society. Since his death in 2009 the autograph has not been found, but Laura was transcribed from Race’s performance on cassette by the composer Tim Murray.

from notes by Diana McVeagh © 2011

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