Music for Powick Asylum

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Elgar Society Edition, 2008 - Music - 340 pages
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Born in Broadheath, near Worcester, Edward Elgar received his musical training from his father, who was an organist at St. George's Roman Catholic Church in Worcester. At the age of 22, Elgar took a few violin lessons in London from Adolf Pollitzer and accepted an appointment as bandmaster at the County Lunatic Asylum in Worcester. In 1882 he was appointed conductor of the Worcester Amateur Instrumental Society. Three years later he succeeded his father as organist at St. George's. During the 1890s, Elgar's work received much success. The production of his cantata Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf in 1896 attracted considerable attention from the musical public. In 1904, he was knighted. Elgar received many honorary degrees from English and American universities. His works include the oratorio Dream of Gerontius (1900), the orchestral Variations on an Original Theme (1899) (more commonly called Enigma Variations), Violin Concerto (1910), and Cello Concerto (1919).

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