Elgar, O.M.: A Study of a Musician

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CHAPTER VII
SIR EDWARD

Buckingham Palace, July 5, 1904: "The King smiled charmingly and said 'Very pleased to see you here Sir Edward.'"

From Lady Elgar's Diary

THE YEARS which lay between the first performance--both at Birmingham--of the Dream of Gerontius and The Apostles were years of justification, of faith and by works.

The composer's record of those years, as regards his major works, was as follows. On February 6, 1901, he was busy with the sketches of Cockaigne, which on March 24 was completed and had its first performance at a Royal Philharmonic Society Concert on June 20. While in the mood for pageantry--being alive to the joyous circumstances of the year of King Edward's accession--he went on to his marches. At the same time he was characteristically helping an old friend by orchestrating Brewer's festival cantata Emmaus. Emmaus was finished on July 7. Five weeks later the second of the Pomp and Circumstance Marches was ready for Alice to take to the Post Office.

During the summer George Moore wrote, asking if Elgar would write a horn tune to be played during Grania and Diarmid, a joint work with W. B. Yeats, which was to be performed under Benson's direction at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Moore, having heard and liked Elgar's music at Leeds, wrote out of the blue. In the end, as the result of a cordial correspondence, Elgar composed not only the requested horn motiv but some incidental music, a song and a Funeral March. When Elgar sought permission from Yeats to publish a song from the play he received this letter--one of Yeats's rare utterances on the subject of music.

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 9
  • Illustrations 11
  • Preface 13
  • Part One 17
  • Chapter I - Greenings and Elgars 19
  • Chapter II - Edward 30
  • Chapter III - "Passed with Honours" 39
  • Chapter IV Mr. Elgar 51
  • Chapter V - "Splendid Saga-Ing" 66
  • Chapter VI - Dr. Elgar 78
  • Chapter VII - Sir Edward 96
  • Chapter VIII - The Professor 124
  • Chapter IX - Order of Merit 150
  • Chapter X - "The Spirit-Stirring Drum" 168
  • Chapter XI - ". . . and All Remote Peace" 189
  • Chapter XII - Master of the King's Musick 205
  • Chapter XIII - Three Score and Ten 225
  • Chapter XIV - Unfinished Symphony 239
  • Chapter XV - The Man Himself 248
  • Part Two 261
  • Chapter XVI - In Search of a Style 263
  • Chapter XVII - Music for Orchestra 273
  • Chapter XVIII - Music for Voices 294
  • Chapter XIX - Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam 307
  • Chapter XX - The Symphonic Composer 326
  • Chapter XXI - Chamber Music 345
  • Chapter XXII - Incidental Music 354
  • Chapter XXIII - Unfinished Opera 360
  • Chapter XXIV - Epilogue 376
  • Musical Examples 383
  • Appendix - Inscriptions by Elgar in G. R. Sinclair's "Visitors' Book" 398
  • Index of Works 402
  • Bibliography 426
  • Sources & Acknowledgments 429
  • General Index 431
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