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  • a.k.a.: Edvard William Elgar
  • Nationality: English
  • 1857 - 1934
  • You might know him for: Enigma Variations, Land of Hope and Glory


Edward Elgar, one of the best known English composers, was born in Broadheath, near Worcester, on 2. June 1857. As his father was a music dealer and organist young Edward had plenty of opportunities to study numerous works in his father`s shop; thus he discovered his interest in music and developed a talent for it. He was an excellent violinist and also played the organ and the bassoon.


His slow progress as a composer can be explained by the fact that he lived far removed from any centre of music and held no important post. After his marriage to Caroline Roberts (1889) he moved to London hoping to further his career and achieve recognition. He published minor works (e.g. “Salut d`Amour”) but in the end the move proved unproductive, and the Elgars returned to Worcestershire in 1891. At last the public, especially in the Midlands, became interested in his larger works, also the choral societies were interested in new and exciting compositions. The works of this period include “The Black Knight” (1893), “Lux Christi” (”The Light of Life”, 1896) and “King Olaf”, which was performed at Crystal Palace in 1897. His talent was finally recognized after he had composed the “Enigma Variations” (1899) and two of altogether five “Pomp and Circumstances” marches (1901). He himself said that he could not understand why the ordinary quick march should not be dealt with in a great tone poem like the waltz and the polka.


In due time Elgar became King Edward VII. favourite composer and national recognition came in 1904 in the form of a knighthood. Despite all this success he remained relatively poor, so that he accepted a professorship at the newly created music faculty at Birmingham University in 1904. Due to poor health he held this post only till 1908. During this year his 1.Symphony was performed in Manchester. In 1910 the composition of his violin concerto was finished, his 2.Symphony in 1911 and in 1913 the symphonic study “Fallstaff”, in which he expressed his love of Shakespeare, was produced in Leeds. At this time the Elgars went to live in London again. “The Spirit of England” is a composition that was finished during the war and contains his best music of that period. After the war Elgar composed a violin sonata, a piano quintet and a cello concerto, all remarkable for their quality.


After the death of his wife in 1920 Elgar preferred a quiet life in semi-retirement in Worcestershire. His friendship with Bernard Shaw stimulated his desire to compose again and he started work on a third symphony, a piano concerto and an opera. All three works he had to leave unfinished when he died on 23. February 1934.


Elgar`s music is famous for its bold tonal pictures and colourful and effective orchestration, which he learnt from Wagner. He is considered to be one of the last great romantic composers.





Song Title Arrangements Image
Adagio From The Cello Concerto Opus 85 1
Piano
Adagio From The Cello Concerto Opus 85
Angel's Farewell From The Dream Of Gerontius Op.38 1
Piano
Angels Farewell From The Dream Of Gerontius Op.38
Canto Popolare (from In The South, Op.50) 2
Piano
Canto Popolare (from In The South, Op.50)
Carissima 1
Piano
Carissima
Cello Concerto In E Minor, Op. 85 (First Movement Theme) 1
Piano
Cello Concerto In E Minor, Op. 85 (First Movement Theme)
Cello Concerto, Theme from 1st Movement 1
Piano
Cello Concerto, Theme from 1st Movement
Chanson De Matin/Badinerie 2
Violin, Piano
Chanson De Matin/Badinerie
Chanson De Matin Opus 15, No. 2 6
Piano, Lyrics & Chords, Violin
Chanson De Matin Opus 15, No. 2
Chanson De Nuit Op.15, No.1 2
Piano
Chanson De Nuit Op.15, No.1
Chanson de Matin Op.15 No.2 1
Piano
Chanson de Matin Op.15 No.2
Cockaigne Overture Op.40 2
Piano
Cockaigne Overture Op.40
Concerto For Cello And Orchestra In E Minor, Op.85 2
Piano
Concerto For Cello And Orchestra In E Minor, Op.85
Elegy For Strings, Op.58 2
Piano
Elegy For Strings, Op.58
Enigma Theme (from 'Enigma Variations') 2
Piano
Enigma Theme (from Enigma Variations)
Five Piano Improvisations: 1. Grazioso 1
Piano
Five Piano Improvisations: 1. Grazioso
Five Piano Improvisations: 2. Largamente 1
Piano
Five Piano Improvisations: 2. Largamente
Five Piano Improvisations: 3. Allegro Molto 1
Piano
Five Piano Improvisations: 3. Allegro Molto
Five Piano Improvisations: 4. Allegretto 1
Piano
Five Piano Improvisations: 4. Allegretto
Five Piano Improvisations: 5. Largo 1
Piano
Five Piano Improvisations: 5. Largo
For The Fallen from The Spirit Of England Op. 80 1
Piano
For The Fallen from The Spirit Of England Op. 80
Froissart Overture Op.19 1
Piano
Froissart Overture Op.19
Imperial March Op. 32 2
Piano
Imperial March Op. 32
In Haven (Capri) 1
Piano, Vocal
In Haven (Capri)
In The Dawn 4
Guitar, Piano, Vocal
In The Dawn
Introduction And Allegro opus 47 1
Piano
Introduction And Allegro opus 47
Is she not Passing Fair? 3
Piano, Vocal
Is she not Passing Fair?
Land Of Hope And Glory 42
Piano, String Quartet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Orchestra, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocal, Trumpet
Land Of Hope And Glory
Like To The Damask Rose 2
Piano, Vocal
Like To The Damask Rose
Minuet Op.21 1
Piano
Minuet Op.21
Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) 63
Piano, String Quartet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone, Brass Quintet, Trumpet, Tuba, Organ, Lyrics & Chords, SATB
Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
Opening Theme from Symphony No.1, Op.55 2
Piano
Opening Theme from Symphony No.1, Op.55
Pomp And Circumstance 24
Piano, Accordion, French Horn, Ukulele, Trumpet, Guitar TAB, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Banjo, Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin, Lead Sheet, Trombone
Pomp And Circumstance
Pomp And Circumstance/Gallop 1
Trumpet, Cornet
Pomp And Circumstance/Gallop
Pomp And Circumstance, March No. 1 2
Piano
Pomp And Circumstance, March No. 1
Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1 in D Opus 39 11
Piano, String Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
 
Pomp And Circumstance March No. 4 in G Opus 39 6
Piano
 
Pomp And Circumstance March No.4 2
Piano
Pomp And Circumstance March No.4
Pomp And Circumstance Military March No. 4 in G 1
Organ
Pomp And Circumstance Military March No. 4 in G
Pomp And Circumstance (Theme from March No. 4) 2
Flute, Clarinet
Pomp And Circumstance (Theme from March No. 4)
Pomp And Circumstance (Themes From Marches Nos. 1 And 4) 1
Classroom Band Pack
Pomp And Circumstance (Themes From Marches Nos. 1 And 4)
Pomp and Cicumstance March No. 1 1
Piano
Pomp and Cicumstance March No. 1
Pomp and Circumstance Op.39, March No.1 1
Piano
Pomp and Circumstance Op.39, March No.1
Rosemary 3
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Lyrics & Chords
Rosemary
Salut D'amour (Greeting To Love) 8
Piano, Cello
Salut Damour (Greeting To Love)
Salut d'Amour Op.12 1
Piano
Salut dAmour Op.12
Searching For Lambs/Andantino 2
Violin, Piano
Searching For Lambs/Andantino
Semiquaver Study/Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1 1
Flute
Semiquaver Study/Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1
Serenade For Strings Op.20 (Allegretto) 1
Piano
Serenade For Strings Op.20 (Allegretto)
Serenade For Strings Op.20 (Larghetto) 1
Piano
Serenade For Strings Op.20 (Larghetto)
Serenade From The Wand Of Youth Suite No 1 Op 1a 1
Piano
Serenade From The Wand Of Youth Suite No 1 Op 1a
Serenade Lyrique 1
Piano
Serenade Lyrique
Symphony No.2 In E Flat Major, Op.63 (finale) 1
Piano
Symphony No.2 In E Flat Major, Op.63 (finale)
Symphony No.2 In E Flat Major, Op.63 (second movement - slow) 2
Piano
Symphony No.2 In E Flat Major, Op.63 (second movement - slow)
The Graduation Song 33
Piano, String Quartet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Orchestra, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe
 
The Last Night of the Proms Collection for Piano - Easier Levels 6  
The Last Night of the Proms Collection for Piano - Harder Levels 6  
The Music Makers Op. 80 2
Piano
The Music Makers Op. 80
The Pipes of Pan 1
Piano, Vocal
The Pipes of Pan
The Spirit Of The Lord Is Upon Me (from The Apostles, Op.49) 2
Piano
The Spirit Of The Lord Is Upon Me (from The Apostles, Op.49)
The Swimmer (Sea Pictures Op. 37 No. 5) 1
Piano
The Swimmer (Sea Pictures Op. 37 No. 5)
Theme from Enigma Variations 1
Alto Saxophone
Theme from Enigma Variations
Theme from The Enigma Variations, Op.36 2
Piano
Theme from The Enigma Variations, Op.36
Variations On An Original Theme For Orchestra (Enigma Variations), Op. 36 (Nimrod) 1
Piano
Variations On An Original Theme For Orchestra (Enigma Variations), Op. 36 (Nimrod)
Violin Concerto Op.61 (first movement) 2
Piano
Violin Concerto Op.61 (first movement)
Where Corals Lie 4
Piano, Vocal
Where Corals Lie
Where Corals Lie (from Sea Pictures, Op.37, No.4) 2
Piano
Where Corals Lie (from Sea Pictures, Op.37, No.4)