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

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CHAPTER VIII
THE PROFESSOR

. . . there is at the present time a special opportunity of offering an appointment to a Chair of Music in the University to one of the most eminent of English musicians, whether of the past or the present time; and the offer which I have the honour & the pleasure to make it to contribute a sum of £10,000 (ten thousand pounds) for the endowment of such a Chair, the only condition being that it should in the first instance be offered to & accepted by Sir Edward Elgar, Mus. Doc., LL.D.

Extra from letter from Mr. Richard Peyton to Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, Chancellor of Birmingham University.1

WHEN, in 1904, Mr. Richard Peyton decided to endow a Chair of Music in Birmingham University he intended to honour the University and City on the one hand and Sir Edward Elgar on the other. It would, however, have been better had Peyton not expressed his conditions publicly. Sir Oliver Lodge, Principal of the University, wrote2 regarding this: "a wish of a Donor should be only privately expressed; otherwise you see--not in this case of course, but in some cases--a man with wealth could flood the Senate with Professors of extraordinary quality." In a sense Elgar was part of Birmingham. His association with the musical community of the place was already of more than twenty years duration and the fact that the second part of the oratorio trilogy would be performed in 1906 ensured that then, once again, the musical public of Europe would be aware of its great musical proclivities. There was another point. It was well known locally that Elgar's

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1
Published in the Report of the Proceedings of the Council of Birmingham University of Feb. 6,1905.
2
Nov. 9, to Professor Fiedler.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • 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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