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Elgar: Enigma Variations

Elgar: Enigma Variations

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  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521636377

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  • Elgar's Variations for Orchestra, commonly known as the 'Enigma' Variations, marked an epoch both in his career, and in the renaissance of English music at the turn of the century. The first extended study of the work, this Cambridge Music Handbook contains historical information concerning the conception and writing of the work, an extended musical discussion requiring only a little technical knowledge of music, and a fascinating survey of the "solutions" to the mystery implied by the title of Elgar's most famous work.

    • Comprehensive survey of an exceptionally famous composition
    • Discusses, in relation to the music, the available information concerning Elgar's 'friends pictured within'
    • Provides a critical survey of purported 'solutions' to the enigma
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Rushton has both professorial persistence and critical acumen.' The Elgar Society Journal

    ' … wholly admirable.' The Musical Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521636377
    • length: 128 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.15kg
    • contains: 6 tables 13 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Composition
    3. Variations: the theme
    4. Friends pictured within
    5. A form of self-portraiture
    6. The enigmas
    7. Postscript.

  • Author

    Julian Rushton, University of Leeds

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