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  • Elgar, Sir Edward 1857-1934. British composer whose orchestral works include Enigma Variations (1896) and five Pomp and Circumstance marches (1901-1930).

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  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.
  • proper n. Edward Elgar, an English composer.

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  • n. British composer of choral and orchestral works including two symphonies as well as songs and chamber music and music for brass band (1857-1934)


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From Old English ælf ("elf") + gar ("spear") , merged with æþel ("noble") + gar.


  • Pierre Fournier, cello = ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E Minor; DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B Minor; BEETHOVEN: 12 Var. on Mozart's "Ein Maedchen oder Weibchen," - Cologne Radio-Symphony Orch. / Hans Rosbaud (Elgar) / George Szell / Fr. Holetschek, p. - MediciArts

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  • Edward Elgar is a paragon of the valedictory, with his two later concerti, for violin and cello, held up as sterling examples.

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  • Why anyone needs to create a bogeyman out of Schoenberg or anyone else to legitimate programming Britten or Elgar is beyond me.

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  • The rest of the world, not so much; and Elgar is still often seen as the musical symbol of everything people don't like about the English.

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  • Outside of England, I think, Elgar is often seen as the embodiment of parochial Englishness, the composer of hymns to Empire like "Land of Hope and Glory" and of the smugness of the Edwardian era.

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  • Slatkin made some weak attempt to link the two composers instead of acknowledging that the Elgar was there as a sop for audience members who might feel they would require such an apology.

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  • If you google 'Bard Music Festival' you'll discover that in August and October the estimable Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, is holding a festival entitled Elgar and His World.

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  • She was in that disgusting man-mountain called Elgar!

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  • The Elgar was the signature piece of Barenboim's late wife, cellist Jacqueline du Pre.


  • He was also a fine, if idiosyncratic, choral conductor, steering interesting renditions of classics such as Elgar's Dream of Gerontius and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and excavating less known fare such as Wagner's Das Liebesmahl der Apostel and Bruckner's E minor Mass.

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