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The Cambridge Companion to Elgar

The Cambridge Companion to Elgar


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Daniel M. Grimley, Julian Rushton, Jeremy Dibble, Robert Anderson, Christopher Kent, Diana McVeagh, Robin Holloway, Byron Adams, John Butt, Daniel M. Grimley, Christopher Mark, J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Timothy Day, Jenny Doctor, Aidan Thomson, Charles Edward McGuire
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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521826235

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  • Edward Elgar occupies a pivotal place in the British cultural imagination. His music has been heard as emblematic of Empire and the English landscape. The recent success of Anthony Payne's elaboration of the sketches for Elgar's Third Symphony has prompted a critical revaluation of his music. This Companion provides an accessible and vivid account of Elgar's work in its historical and cultural context. Established authorities on British music and scholars new in the field examine Elgar's music from a range of critical perspectives, including nationalism, post-colonialism, decadence, reception and musical influences. There are also chapters on interpretation, including his own (Elgar was the first major composer to commit a representative quantity of his own work to record), and on Elgar's relationships with the BBC and with his publishers. The book includes much new material, drawing on original research, as well as providing a comprehensive introduction to Elgar's major musical achievements.

    • Accessible introduction to Elgar's life and work
    • New critical perspectives on major works such as the oratorios and the Cello Concerto
    • Explores Elgar and the formation of British cultural and musical identity
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'There is much more in this indispensable tome with its extensive notes and relevant music illustrations. … each contribution is lucidly written'. Gramophone

    'The fifteen contributors to The Cambridge Companion to Elgar provide a rich fund of new thoughts on the man and his music.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… splendid contributions.' Contemporary Review

    'This is an extremely important book for the specialist music library or very comprehensive general reference collection.' Reference Reviews

    'The Cambridge volume, wide-ranging and generally excellent, maintains the high standards of their 'Companion' series. Robin Holloway's typically incisive and entertaining piece on the early choral works should inspire wider appreciation of the masterly qualities of King Olaf, The Black Knight, etc. … strongly recommended.' Classical Music

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521826235
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 35 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Bibliographical abbreviations
    List of volumes in the Elgar Complete Edition (Elgar Society Edition)
    1. Introduction Daniel M. Grimley and Julian Rushton
    2. Elgar and his British contemporaries Jeremy Dibble
    3. Elgar and his publishers Robert Anderson
    4. Magic by mosaic: some aspects of Elgar's compositional methods Christopher Kent
    5. Elgar's musical language: the shorter instrumental works Diana McVeagh
    6. The early choral works Robin Holloway
    7. Elgar's later oratorios: Roman Catholicism, decadence and the Wagnerian dialectic of shame and grace Byron Adams
    8. Roman Catholicism and being musically English: Elgar's church and organ music John Butt
    9. 'A smiling with a sigh': the chamber music and works for strings Daniel M. Grimley
    10. In search of the symphony: orchestral music to 1908 Julian Rushton
    11. Orchestral music from 1908–34 Christopher Mark
    12. Elgar's unwumbling: the theatre music J. P. E. Harper-Scott
    13. Elgar and recording Timothy Day
    14. Elgar and the BBC Jenny Doctor
    15. Elgar's German critics Aidan Thomson
    16. Functional music: imperialism, the Great War, and Elgar as popular composer Charles Edward McGuire
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  • Editors

    Daniel M. Grimley, University of Nottingham

    Julian Rushton, University of Leeds


    Daniel M. Grimley, Julian Rushton, Jeremy Dibble, Robert Anderson, Christopher Kent, Diana McVeagh, Robin Holloway, Byron Adams, John Butt, Daniel M. Grimley, Christopher Mark, J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Timothy Day, Jenny Doctor, Aidan Thomson, Charles Edward McGuire

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