How did the son of a provincial piano tuner rise to international fame? Was the English countryside the principal inspiration for Elgar's music? Was this moustachioed, red-blooded, imperialist all that he seemed...?
J. P. E. Harper-Scott is a musicologist specializing in symphonic and operatic music of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries (especially Wagner, Britten, and Elgar), and philosophy (especially Heidegger, Marx, Badiou, Žižek, and Agamben).
He is Reader in Musicology and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London, with a professional webpage at http://www.jpehs.co.uk/
He blogs on political and cultural issues, as well as his research, at http://www.jpehs.co.uk/blog