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Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, important, and influential figures in the history of British music. He rose from humble beginnings and achieved fame with music that to this day is beloved by audiences in England, and his work has secured an enduring legacy worldwide. Leading scholars examine the composer's life in Edward Elgar and His World, presenting a comprehensive portrait of both the man and the age in which he lived.

Elgar's achievement is remarkably varied and wide-ranging, from immensely popular works like the famous Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1--a standard feature of American graduations--to sweeping masterpieces like his great oratorio The Dream of Gerontius. The contributors explore Elgar's Catholicism, which put him at odds with the prejudices of Protestant Britain; his glorification of British colonialism; his populist tendencies; his inner life as an inspired autodidact; the aristocratic London drawing rooms where his reputation was made; the class prejudice with which he contended throughout his career; and his anguished reaction to World War I. Published in conjunction with the 2007 Bard Music Festival and the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth, this elegant and thought-provoking volume illuminates the greatness of this accomplished English composer and brings vividly to life the rich panorama of Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

The contributors are Byron Adams, Leon Botstein, Rachel Cowgill, Sophie Fuller, Daniel M. Grimley, Nalini Ghuman Gwynne, Deborah Heckert, Charles Edward McGuire, Matthew Riley, Alison I. Shiel, and Aidan J. Thomson.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Table of Content
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Permissions and Credits
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Of Worcester and London: An Introduction
  2. BYRON ADAMS
  3. pp. xiii-xxi
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  1. Part I: Worcester
  2. pp. 24-25
  1. Measure of a Man: Catechizing Elgar’s Catholic Avatars
  2. CHARLES EDWARD MCGUIRE
  3. pp. 26-61
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  1. Elgar the Escapist?
  2. MATTHEW RILEY
  3. pp. 62-81
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  1. Elgar and the Persistence of Memory
  2. BYRON ADAMS
  3. pp. 82-119
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  1. “The Spirit-Stirring Drum”: Elgar and Populism
  2. DANIEL M. GRIMLEY
  3. pp. 120-147
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  1. Part II: Documents
  2. pp. 148-149
  1. Early Reviews of The Apostles in British Periodicals
  2. pp. 150-195
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  1. Charles Sanford Terry and Elgar’s Violin Concerto
  2. pp. 196-213
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  1. Part III: London
  2. pp. 214-215
  1. Elgar’s Critical Critics
  2. AIDAN J. THOMSON
  3. pp. 216-245
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  1. Elgar and the Salons: The Significance of a Private Musical World
  2. SOPHIE FULLER
  3. pp. 246-271
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  1. Elgar and the British Raj: Can the Mughals March?
  2. NALINI GHUMAN
  3. pp. 272-309
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  1. Working the Crowd: Elgar, Class, and Reformulations of Popular Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
  2. DEBORAH HECKERT
  3. pp. 310-339
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  1. Elgar’s War Requiem
  2. RACHEL COWGILL
  3. pp. 340-385
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  1. Part IV: Summation
  2. pp. 386-387
  1. Transcending the Enigmas of Biography: The Cultural Context of Sir Edward Elgar’s Career
  2. LEON BOTSTEIN
  3. pp. 388-431
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 432-445
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  1. Notes on the Contributors
  2. pp. 446-449
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400832101
Related ISBN
9780691134468
MARC Record
OCLC
652330353
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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