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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 51-75 of 86 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 37129 12-in. 1/15/1915 Salut d'amour Pablo Casals Cello solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 49677 12-in. 11/23/1919 Pomp and circumstance march no. 1 Philharmonic Orchestra of New York Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49797 12-in. 4/22/1920 Salut d'amour Pablo Casals Cello solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 49825 12-in. 5/4/1920 Pomp and circumstance march Gino Marinuzzi Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia W141384 10-in. 12/11/1925 Salut d'amour Carver's Woodwind Ensemble Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W141679 10-in. 2/12/1926 Salut d'amour Howard Peterson Organ solo composer  
Columbia W145971 10-in. 4/6/1928 Feasting I watch The Orpheus Club of Detroit Vocal chorus composer  
Columbia W149022 10-in. 9/19/1929 Pleading Walter Golde ; Louis Graveure Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 98449 12-in. 1/13/1928 La capricieuse Naoum Blinder Violin and piano duet composer  
Columbia 98459 12-in. 2/14/1928 La capricieuse Naoum Blinder ; Valentin Pavlovsky Violin and piano duet composer  
OKeh 482 10-in. ca. July 1919 Salut d'amour Paul Eisler Piano solo composer  
Brunswick 527 10-in. approximately early 1917 Pomp and circumstance Empire Military Band Band composer  
Brunswick 1154 10-in. approximately July 1917 Land of hope and glory Joseph A. Phillips Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick X6589 12-in. approximately Oct. 1921 La capricieuse Paul Frenkel ; Bronislaw Huberman Violin solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick 3591-3592 10-in. approximately Jan. 1920 Salut d'amour Elshuco Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick X10337-X10339 12-in. 4/11/1923 Pomp and circumstance march (no. 1) Walter B. Rogers Band Band composer  
Brunswick XC275-XC277 12-in. 5/3/1926 Pomp and circumstance march no. 1 Cleveland Orchestra ; Nikolai Sokoloff Orchestra composer  
Brunswick DB202 10-in. 6/14/1929 Salut d’amour Miklos Rakosi Violin solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 20081-a] 12-in. approximately May 1929 Land of hope and glory Master Frederick Firth Boy soprano and male chorus composer  
Brunswick E29874 10-in. May 1929 Salut d’amour Max Rosen ; Richard Wilens Violin solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick E22215-E22216 10-in. 4/1/1927 Land of hope and glory Bowdoin Glee Club Male vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E26839-E26840 10-in. 3/6/1928 La capricieuse Albert Spalding Violin solo, with piano composer  
Edison 2657 10-in. 12/24/1913 How calmly the evening Mixed vocal quartet (unidentified; Edison Records) Mixed vocal quartet composer  
Edison 2917 10-in. between 3/26/1914 and 3/30/1914 Salut d'amour Orchestra (unidentified; Edison Records) Orchestra composer  
Edison 3462 10-in. Nov.-Dec. 1914 Pomp and circumstance march Sodero's Band Band composer  
(Results 51-75 of 86 records)


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