Elgar the Enigmatic
Wednesday 9th March, 2016 7:30PM
St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX
The Enigma Variations is an extraordinary piece, which openly illustrates all sides of Elgar’s enigmatic character and personality and is the work that brought him to worldwide fame in 1899. Conductors including Richard Strauss championed the work across mainland Europe and Elgar became the most celebrated composer of his day.
Since then it is Elgar’s more celebratory and nationalistic writing that has become better known, such as the Pomp and Circumstance March featured so famously at the last night of proms.
Elgar’s actual personality has many sides to it and he was a composer of great introspection and traditional values, which we take the opportunity to take a closer look at this evening. At the end of his composing life, in 1919, he wrote a very retrospective work – the cello concerto, which sheds light onto a far more vulnerable and nostalgic side to his music.
This was to be his last work as his wife Alice passed that year and he didn’t write anything further for the remaining 16 years of his life.
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