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Elgar: An Anniversary Portrait Paperback – 9 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (9 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847065333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847065339
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Title mentioned in The Lady--Chris Wood, The Lady

"The great strength of the book lies in its Elgarian blending of views by musicologists and historians as well as performing musicians...this pleasant and interesting book is an enjoyable read and will make you listen to the work once again." Reviewed by Robert Giddings, Tribune, 2008

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Title mentioned in The Lady--,

"A friendly and familiar portrait of the composer for the general reader... in addition to affectionate tributes, several of the essays tucked inside take less well-trodden paths through Elgar's life and his music, notably Adrian Partington's fine chapter on 'Elgar's Church Music which gives the reader a vivid sense of the 'variety, colour and intelligence' of what John Butt has described in another recent collection of essays on Elgar as a 'small but striking oeuvre2. Affectionate yet critical, personal yet informative" The Elgar Society Journal, July 2008

Mention in The Bookseller--Sanford Lakoff

"McVeagh first chronicled Elgar's career in 1955, so has a lifetime of knowledge."--Sanford Lakoff

Title mentioned in The Lady--Sanford Lakoff

"an intimate tribute to Edward Elgar and his music by some of those most affected by his legacy." "An Anniversary Portrait succeeds in offering a sufficient yet panoramic view of Elgar's life and music. The impressive list of authors and concise nature of their contributions make this book an easily digestible and enjoyable read." Muso, 01/08/07--Sanford Lakoff

"thoughtful take on Elgar's dual nature." "a welcome handful of insights." David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, 01/08/07--Sanford Lakoff


This collection of essays offers a new insight into the composer's life. With chapters written by Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Kent, Dame Janet Baker and Nicholas Kenyon, it is a must for Elgar enthusiasts.Edward Elgar was a man of many contradictions. He was born an outsider, into a family of lower-middle class, Catholic, origins. Yet his fame, and ability to write music that struck a chord in the national consciousness, led him to adopt a sycophantic attitude towards the Royal Family and high society, even though he always felt ill at ease with them. Elgar was a depressive with a problematic marriage, who craved recognition, but in many ways he regretted the piece of music which made him famous. 'Pomp and Circumstance' made him the leading English composer of his age, but also contributed to the jingoism which he so disliked during the First World War.Yet, unquestionably, he was the greatest musical genius that England had produced in centuries. This Portrait, by some of the scholars and musicians that understand him best, offers new light on a wide range of aspects of Edward Elgar's life and work.

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