Elgar : an anniversary portrait


Elgar : an anniversary portrait

introduced by Nicholas Kenyon

Continuum, 2008

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index

"Reprinted in paperback 2008"--T.p. verso



This collection of essays offers a new insight into the composer's life. With chapters written by Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Kent, Dame Janet Baker and Nicholas Kenyon, it is a must for Elgar enthusiasts.Edward Elgar was a man of many contradictions. He was born an outsider, into a family of lower-middle class, Catholic, origins. Yet his fame, and ability to write music that struck a chord in the national consciousness, led him to adopt a sycophantic attitude towards the Royal Family and high society, even though he always felt ill at ease with them. Elgar was a depressive with a problematic marriage, who craved recognition, but in many ways he regretted the piece of music which made him famous. 'Pomp and Circumstance' made him the leading English composer of his age, but also contributed to the jingoism which he so disliked during the First World War.Yet, unquestionably, he was the greatest musical genius that England had produced in centuries. This Portrait, by some of the scholars and musicians that understand him best, offers new light on a wide range of aspects of Edward Elgar's life and work.


  • Introduction by Nicholas Kenyon
  • Part 1: Elgar the Man
  • Orchestrating his own life: Sir Edward Elgar as a historical personality - David Cannadine
  • Elgar's biography, Elgar's repute: themes and variations - Julian Rushton
  • A View from 1955 - Diana McVeagh
  • Elgar the Catholic - Stephen Hough
  • Part 2: Elgar the Composer
  • Elgar in Manuscript - Robert Anderson
  • Elgar the Composer - Christopher Kent
  • Elgar the Progressive - Hans Keller
  • Elgar's Church Music - Adrian Partington
  • A Sixth pomp and Circumstance March - Anthony Payne
  • Part 3: Performing Elgar
  • Conducting Elgar - Mark Elder in conversation with Richard Morrison
  • The Role of the Angel in the Dream of Gerontius - Janet Baker
  • Sir Edward Elgar: My Musical Grandfather - Yehudi Menhuin
  • The Violin Concerto - Tasmin Little
  • The Cello Concerto: Jacqueline du Pre's Recordings - Andrew Keener
  • Part 4: The Legacy
  • An Honoured Trust: The Elgar Foundation and the Birthplace
  • Museum - Michael Messenger
  • Index.

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