Edward Elgar

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Date of Birth June 2, 1857
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Feb 23, 1934 (76)
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Edward Elgar

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924. Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially.

About Edward Elgar

Classical concert musician remembered for "Enigma Variations" and "Pomp and Circumstance Marches." He pioneered the use of the gramophone.

Before Fame

He was a self-taught composer whose music was largely influenced by continental Europe rather than his native England. He was not successful until he was in his forties.

Achievement

He took music he wrote when he was 10 years old and rearranged and orchestrated it under the name "The Wand of Youth" 40 years after their composition.

Family Life

His father was a piano tuner in Worcester and also sold sheet music and instruments at a shop he opened. He married Caroline Alice Roberts in 1889.

Associations

His work was heavily influenced by Richard Wagner.

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