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

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SOURCES & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The main source for the biographical section of this work is the massive collection of archives preserved at Elgar's Birthplace at Broadheath, Worcester. I have to acknowledge the free access granted to this collection by Mrs. C. Elgar Blake and the Trustees of the Elgar will, who have also put at my disposal many other important documents. Among these are the diaries of Sir Edward and Lady Elgar from 1888 to 1920; the notes compiled by Sir Edward on his Bavarian holiday of 1893, and his Mediterranean cruise of 1905; some 300 letters written by him to A. Troyte Griffith and Leo Frank Schuster; the letter books from 1926 to 1930; the correspondence of Sir Barry Jackson, Canon Gorton, Richter, Bernard Shaw, and Stanford; the MS. notes on his friendship with Elgar compiled by A. Troyte Griffith; and many papers relating to earlier Elgars and Greenings.

A fuller record of documents will be given in the edition of Elgar's letters now in preparation.

Mrs. Elgar Blake has also permitted the long loan of many musical manuscripts of her father; among them are the six "Shed Books" and the ten volumes of sketches, in which are to be found the first drafts of most of his great works.

Mrs. Monica Greenwood submitted a long series of letters from Elgar to her father, Dr. C. W. Buck, as well as other material relative to Elgar's association with Yorkshire; Mr. Alan W. B. Webb letters and postcards to his father, Mr. Frank Webb; Mrs. Helen Walker letters and miscellaneous papers which were formerly the property of her father, Canon Gorton; Miss Herma Fiedler material concerning the Birmingham Professorship, originally in the possession of her father Professor Fiedler, and her grandfather Mr. Charles Harding; Mrs. Cicely Binyon the correspondence between Elgar and the late Mr. Laurence Binyon; Mr. G. Street Chignell a number of letters concerning the Worcestershire Philharmonic Society, and Elgar's early works; Mr. Harold Watkins Shaw, Hon. Librarian of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, the late Dr. G. R. Sinclair "Visitors' Book," now in the keeping of St. Michael's College; Mr. Florian Williams excerpts from his manuscript Forty years a music publisher.

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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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