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Edward Elgar

Author Code: EEEX

Born: Jun. 2, 1857 - Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire, England

Died: Feb. 23, 1934 - London, England

The son of a piano tuner and music dealer, Elgar was brought up surrounded by sheet music and instruments. He became self-taught in music, but left school when he was 15 in order to work for a solicitor. After a year, he began giving piano and violin lessons and in 1879 became the bandmaster at the Worcester and County Lunatic Asylum. He often played violin at local festivals including one of Dvorak's pieces, the Sixth Symphony, conducted by Dvorak himself, who would have a great influence on Elgar's music. Elgar married in 1889. Although he had composed many works during the 1890's, his first major orchestral work, the Enigma Variations, made its debut in 1899. The variations are each dedicated to his close friends, represented by their initials with the exception of Nimrod (the 9th), which is supposed to be to his friend, Jaeger. The following year, he produced The Dream of Gerontius, regarded by many as the finest example of English choral music. In 1901, he produced the piece for which he is probably best-remembered today, Pomp and Circumstance Marches, one of which, Land of Hope and Glory, was used at the coronation of King Edward VII. From 1905 to 1908, Elgar was Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham. His Symphony No. 1 appeared in 1908 and the Violin Concerto, two years later. In 1911, he received the Order of Merit and during the 1920's he was made Master of the King's Musick. Following World War I, Elgar's music began to become less fashionable although one of his later works, the Cello Concerto (1919), was, and still is, one of his most popular pieces. Elgar was working on his Third Symphony when he died. His other works include Symphony No. 2 in E Flat (1911), The Crown of India (1912), The Starlight Express (1916), Empire March (1924), Nursery Suites (1931) and Mina (1933).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
EEEX001 Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - Enigma Theme & No. 1-5 1899 12 9215k Music Score Download PDF - 'Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - Enigma Theme & No. 1-5' (EEEX001)
EEEX003 Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - No. 10-13 1899 13 7222k Music Score Download PDF - 'Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - No. 10-13' (EEEX003)
EEEX004 Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - No. 14 Finale 1899 12 9133k Music Score Download PDF - 'Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - No. 14 Finale' (EEEX004)
EEEX002 Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - No. 6 - 9 1899 9 7280k Music Score Download PDF - 'Enigma Variations - Op. 36 - No. 6 - 9' (EEEX002)

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