Elgar, Edward, 1857-1934

Alternative names
Birth 1857-06-02
Death 1934-02-23
French, English

Biographical notes:

English composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Malvern, 12 April [n.y.], to [Plunket?] Greene. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566154

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Plas Gwyn, 15 August 1904, to [Samuel Aitken], 1904 Aug. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566140

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Plas Gwyn, Christmas Day 1902, to Mrs. [Louise Alvar] Harding, 1902 Dec. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566144

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : London, 11 June 1914, to the principal, King William College, 1914 June 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566161

From the description of Autograph letters signed (23, two of them incomplete), dated : Malvern, Plas Gwyn, [London], Leeds, Bordighera (Italy), and [n.p.], 1889-1910, and [n.d.], to Joseph Bennett, 1889-1910, 1903 Mar. 14 and 1889 Dec. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566146

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : Plas Gwyn, 24 February and 1 August 1906, to Mr. [Richard] Peyton, 1906 Feb. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566157

From the description of Autograph letters signed : Forli, Malvern; and 43 & 44 Albemarle Street, Piccadilly, W., [London], to Arthur Sullivan, 1898 Dec. 30 and 1898. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125513

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : London, 22 July 1913 and 19 June 1920, to Walter Damrosch, 1913 July 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566150

From the description of Autograph note on his visiting card, dated : [London, n.d.], to Julius Buths [the reading of the nanme is tentative], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899312

From the description of Autograph postcard signed, dated : [Rome, 24 November 1907], to N. Kilburn, [1907 Nov. 24]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873297

Self-taught musician. English romantic composer, known for Pomp and Circumstance Marches and the Enigma Variations among many others.

From the description of Edward Elgar letter to The Manager, N. Y. Times [manuscript], 1911 Dec 28. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 176633362

British composer.

From the description of "'Gerontius.' " : autograph manuscript, 1905 May 31. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270563165

From the description of P & C No. 5. [1930?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270563169

From the description of Liebesgruss / (Morceau mignon) / pour le Violon / avec accompagnement de piano / par / Edward Elgar. / (Arranged for 'Cello & piano) / For C.W.B. [1888?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270563167

Epithet: composer

Title: 1st Baronet

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000496.0x000296

Sir Edward William Elgar, baronet, 1857-1934, composer; son of an organist and music seller in Worcester; studied violin but gradually turned to composition in which he was encouraged by his wife (married, 1889); works include Frossiart overture, 1890; The Light of Life and Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, 1869; Enigma Variations, 1899; and The Dream of Gerontius, 1900 set the seal upon his fame. There followed The Apostles, 1903; The Kingdom, 1906; Pomp and Circumstance marches, 1901-1907; overture Cockaigne, 1901; Introduction and Allegro for strings, 1905; Symphony in A Flat, 1908; Symphon in E Flat, 1911; violin concerto, 1910; Falstaff, 1913; and the violoncello concerto, 1919. Elgar composed little after his wife's death in 1920. He was master of the King's Musik, 1924-1934; knighted in 1904; OM, 1911 and Baronet in 1931.

Reference: The Dictionary of National Biography: The Concise Dictionary Part II (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1982).

From the guide to the Papers of Edward Elgar, 1889-1940, (University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department)


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  • Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores
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  • Opera--Excerpts, Arranged--Parts
  • Music Great Britain 19th century
  • Marches (Orchestra)
  • Woodwind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, flutes (2), oboe)--Scores
  • Harp--Orchestral excerpts
  • Variations (Orchestra)--Scores
  • Violin with plectral ensemble, Arranged--Manuscripts--Scores and parts
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  • Oratorios--Excerpts
  • Oratorios--Excerpts, Arranged--Parts
  • Popular instrumental music--1901-1910
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Psalms (Music)--29th Psalm--Scores
  • Violoncello and piano music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Music
  • Violoncello and piano music
  • Marches (orchestra)--Parts
  • Marches (Orchestra), Arranged--Parts
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  • Quintets (Clarinet, flutes (2), oboe, violoncello)--Scores
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  • Composers Great Britain
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  • Composition (Music) Great Britain
  • Piano music, arranged
  • Trios (Piano, clarinet, viola), Arranged--Parts
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  • Piano music


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