The Cambridge Companion to Elgar

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Music - 253 pages
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Edward Elgar occupies a pivotal place in the British cultural imagination. His music has been heard as emblematic of Empire and the English landscape. The recent success of Anthony Payne's elaboration of the sketches for Elgar's Third Symphony has prompted a critical revaluation of his music. This Companion provides an accessible and vivid account of Elgar's work in its historical and cultural context. Established authorities on British music and scholars new in the field examine Elgar's music from a range of critical perspectives, including nationalism, post-colonialism, decadence, reception and musical influences. There are also chapters on interpretation, including his own (Elgar was the first major composer to commit a representative quantity of his own work to record), and on Elgar's relationships with the BBC and with his publishers. The book includes much new material, drawing on original research, as well as providing a comprehensive introduction to Elgar's major musical achievements.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Elgar and his British contemporaries
15
Elgar and his publishers
24
Magic by mosaic some aspects of Elgars compositional methods
32
Elgars musical language the shorter instrumental works
50
The early choral works
63
Elgars later oratorios Roman Catholicism decadence and the Wagnerian dialectic of shame and grace
81
Roman Catholicism and being musically English Elgars church and organ music
106
The later orchestral music 191034
154
Elgars unwumbling the theatre music
171
Elgar and recording
184
Broadcastings ally Elgar and the BBC
195
Elgar in German criticism
204
Functional music imperialism the Great War and Elgar as popular composer
214
Notes
225
Select bibliography
243

A smiling with a sigh the chamber music and works for strings
120
In search of the symphony orchestral music to 1908
139

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About the author (2004)

Daniel Grimley is a Lecturer in music at the University of Nottingham. He is coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to Elgar (forthcoming), and has written articles on the music of Carl Nielsen in Music Analysis and The Musical Quarterly. Current projects include books on Grieg and on landscape in Nordic Music, 1890 1930.

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