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

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CHAPTER X
"THE SPIRIT-STIRRING DRUM"

In England Elgar is still one figure of impressive stature . . .

Ernest Newman "The War and the Future of Music" ( Musical Times, Sept. 1914)

Our divine art must unite what ugly politics will disunite.

Hans Richter, in a letter to Elgar, Feb. 2, 1912

SPRING WEATHER came early in 1914. Some January days, indeed, were summer-like. So it was, since Elgar could never bear the rigours of an English winter, that optimism seemed to prevail at Severn House. For the second year running Sir Edward was elected President of the Union of Graduates in Music--such reelection being unprecedented--and he was able to play the genial host to the committee of that body, with Hugh Blair and William McNaught as additional guests. After this luncheon party more congenial visitors followed: the Brodskys--Dr. Brodsky with welcome news of his success with the Violin Concerto in Vienna under Schalk; Alice Stuart-Wortley, who came to play fragments of a Piano Concerto1; unexpectedly, Miss Griffiths, sister of the priest-in-charge at Broadheath; Madge (Madeline) Grafton, to take her uncle to the pantomime; Blair alone some evenings to play billiards; Sinclair, outspoken as ever, who had "spoken plain truths to Walford Davies telling him he did not like his longer works"2; Embleton and two other Leeds men to ask Sir Edward to write the third part of his oratorio trilogy, and to discuss a projected performance of The Apostles in Canterbury. There

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1
See pp. 343-4.
2
Diary, Feb. 23.

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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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