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Edward Elgar

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, (; 2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) 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. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition. He nevertheless married the daughter of a senior British army officer. She inspired him both musically and socially, but he struggled to achieve success until his forties, when after a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. He followed the Variations with a choral work, The Dream of Gerontius (1900), based on a Roman Catholic text that caused some disquiet in the Anglican establishment in Britain, but it became, and has remained, a core repertory work in Britain and elsewhere. His later full-length religious choral works were well received but have not entered the regular repertory.

In his fifties, Elgar composed a symphony and a violin concerto that were immensely successful. His second symphony and his cello concerto did not gain immediate public popularity and took many years to achieve a regular place in the concert repertory of British orchestras. Elgar's music came, in his later years, to be seen as appealing chiefly to British audiences. His stock remained low for a generation after his death. It began to revive significantly in the 1960s, helped by new recordings of his works. Some of his works have, in recent years, been taken up again internationally, but the music continues to be played more in Britain than elsewhere.

Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of acoustic recordings of his works. The introduction of the moving-coil microphone in 1923 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works and excerpts from The Dream of Gerontius.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 2nd, 1857 (Broadheath), Died February 23rd, 1934 (Worcester)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 86 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-28666 10-in. 10/15/1923 Love's greeting Dusolina Giannini Soprano vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor C-28855 12-in. 10/29/1923 Pomp and circumstance Rudolph Ganz ; St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-29813 10-in. 3/28/1924 Waltz chanson Bohemienne Jean Goldkette Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-33116 10-in. 7/30/1925 Land of hope and glory Victor Male Chorus Tenor vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-36451 10-in. 10/11/1926 The wanderer Cleveland-Orpheus Male Chorus Male vocal chorus composer  
Victor BVE-36460 10-in. 10/12/1926 As torrents in summer Cleveland-Orpheus Male Chorus Male vocal chorus composer  
Victor CVE-37282 12-in. 12/22/1926 Pomp and circumstance march Chicago Symphony Orchestra ; Frederick Stock Orchestra and organ composer  
Victor BVE-38515 10-in. 7/1/1927 Pomp and circumstance march Percival Price Carillon bells composer  
Victor BVE-39527 10-in. 7/13/1927 Exercise 5 : Menuet Clifford Cairns Physical instruction, with orchestra composer  
Victor MVE-49518 16-in. 1/12/1929 Dedication of the Cascade Tunnel William Wallace Atterbury ; Ernestine Schumann-Heink Radio broadcast : Talk; contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-49528 12-in. 1/12/1929 Dedication of the Cascade Tunnel J. B. Campbell ; Ernestine Schumann-Heink Radio broadcast : Talk; contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-51848 12-in. 5/24/1929 Land of hope and glory Associated Glee Clubs of America Male vocal chorus, with 4 pianos composer  
Victor BVE-55976 10-in. 10/10/1929 Fairy pipers Bruno Reibold ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-67731 10-in. 12/22/1930 Salut d'amour Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-74971 12-in. 1/23/1933 Socony Vacuum Corporation [medley] Nathaniel Shilkret's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor LBS-78539 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 11/14/1933 As torrents in summer [from King Olaf] St. Bartholomew’s Choir ; David McK. Williams Mixed vocal chorus, with pipe organ composer  
Victor CVE-92836 12-in. 7/3/1935 Pomp and circumstance Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-011033 10-in. 6/24/1937 Salut d'amour Frank Black ; Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1919-08-13-02] Not documented 8/13/1919 Pleading M. Caton Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 45901 10-in. 7/30/1915 Salut d'amour Barrère Ensemble of Wind Instruments ; Georges Barrère Flute solo, with woodwind ensemble composer  
Columbia 78378 10-in. 4/3/1919 Salut d'amour Toscha Seidel Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 80158 10-in. 1/24/1922 Salut d'amour Pablo Casals Cello solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 30168 12-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1908 Salut d'amour George Stehl Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 30537 12-in. 9/21/1910 Pomp and circumstance march Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 36728 12-in. ca. 1913 Salut d'amour Ellery Band Band composer  
(Results 26-50 of 86 records)


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