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Edward Elgar


The British composer Edward Elgar is known in the States today only through his “Enigma Variations” or the famous “Pomp and Circumstance” march tune. The Variations were written before 1900, and there is much more orchestral repertoire from the 30 years that followed. Elgar’s temperament could swing from high spirits and wittiness to complete despondency and doom. Elgar’s works are very personal, with much more rubato and full-bloodedness than expected. His music speaks to humanity.

Elgar was a romantic composer from the time of Mahler and Strauss, around the turn of the century. He didn’t invent a new language of music, but furthered the orchestra’s palette through his self-taught style of composing and hands-on knowledge of each individual instrument. He raised the orchestra’s level of expression.





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