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ELGAR, (Sir) Edward
b Broadheath, near Worcester, 2 June 1857
d Worcester, 23 February 1934, aged seventy-six

He lived most of his life in the area of Worcester, near where he was born. His father was an organist and music-seller, and he himself played piano, violin, cello, double-bass, bassoon and trombone. He became a bandmaster in a mental horn e, and his first compositions, for local music festivals, were works of great variety, for wind instruments, strings and for voices. It was not until the age of forty-two, with the first performance of his Enigma Variations in 1899, that he suddenly came to the front rank as a composer. He was knighted in 1904.

1878 (21)

Romance, for violin and piano (also arrangement for violin and orchestra)

Promenades, six pieces for wind instruments

1879 (22)

Harmony Music, seven pieces for wind instruments (No 7)

(1881)

Intermezzos for Wind, five pieces

1883 (26)

Une Idyll, for violin and piano (c1883)

Fugue in D minor for oboe and violin

1890 (33)

Froissart, concert overture

1891 (34)

La Capricieuse, for violin and piano

1892 (35)

Serenade for Strings

The Black Knight, cantata

1894-5 (37-8)

Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, cantata

1895 (38)

Organ Sonata in G major

1896 (39)

The Light of Life (Lux Christi), oratorio

1897 (40)

Imperial March

The Banner of St George, a ballad for soprano, chorus and orchestra

Sea Pictures, five songs for contralto and orchestra

1898 (41)

Caractacus, cantata for soprano, tenor, baritone and bass soli chorus and orchestra

Variations on an Original Theme ('Enigma'), for orchestra (1898-9)

1899-1904 (42-7)

Sérénade Lyrique, for orchestra

In the South (Alassio), concert overture

1900 (43)

The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio

1901 (44)

Cockaigne, overture (In London Town)

Concerto Allegro for piano

Introduction and Allegro for strings (1901-5)

Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 (1901-7)

1902 (45)

Coronation Ode

Dream Children, two pieces for piano or small orchestra

Falstaff, symphonic study in C minor (1902-13)

1903 (46)

The Apostles, oratorio

c1903-10 (c46-53)

Symphony No 2 in Eb major

1906 (49)

The Kingdom, oratorio

The Wand of Youth, Suites 1 and 2, for orchestra - final version 1906-7 (begun in 1867, 1869, or 1871; revised 1879-81; revised again c1902)

1907 (50)

Symphony No 1 in Ab major (1907-8)

1909 (52)

Violin Concerto (c1909-10)

Elegy, for string orchestra

1910 (53)

Romance, for bassoon and orchestra

1912 (55)

The Music Makers, for contralto, chorus and orchestra

1914 (57)

Carillon, recitation with orchestra

p Sospiri, for orchestra

1915 (58)

Polonia, symphonic prelude

Une voix dans le desert, recitation with orchestra

1917 (60)

fp The Spirit of England, three pieces for voices and orchestra:

No 1 The Fourth of August (finished 1917)

No 2 To Women (1915)

No 3 For the Fallen (1915)

Le Drapeau Belge, recitation with orchestra

Fringes of the Fleet, song cycle

1918 (61)

Violin Sonata in E minor

String Quartet in E minor

Piano Quintet in A minor (1918-19)

1919 (62)

Cello Concerto in E minor

1923 (66)

fp King Arthur, incidental music

1924 (67)

fp Pageant of Empire, for chorus and orchestra

1928 (71)

fp Beau Brummel, incidental music

1930 (73)

Severn Suite, for brass band, also arranged for orchestra

Pomp and Circumstance, March No 5 for orchestra

1931 (74)

p Nursery Suite, for orchestra (dedicated to TRH Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose)

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