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Elgar: Child of Dreams Paperback – 16 Feb 2006
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"'The perfect short introduction to Elgar... which brings out the composer's indubitable greatness and his profound humanity... Those who don't know the story will be charmed by it, and those who do will be sent, immediately, back to the music to listen and learn again.' Simon Heffer, Spectator 'Written with deep and unmatched scholarship, Elgar: Child of Dreams is a seam'ess read... its effect is inspirational and had me dipping in and out of various Elgar recordings to catch the hidden references in the "broad, noble, chivairous, healthy and... out-of-door music" I thought I knew so well: Classic FM Magazine 'Pocket-sized and beautifully presented. I found it a goldmine.' Independent"
Jerrold Northrop Moore pursues his quest for the essential Elgar and sets out the story of an extraordinary creative life. It shows themes of childhood, fantasy and vision fusing into a mature style of nobility and nostalgia. Above all, it links the composer to the English landscape that informed all of his work from his earliest years. This powerful short book is the outcome of half a century's thought and reflection by a leading Elgar biographer.See all Product description
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But music is more than a series of notes, and Moore is equally concerned with the vision that animates Elgar's work. He begins by asking how music can conjure up a specific landscape, and, after showing how one Elgar composition after another reflects the light and contours of the Worcestershire countryside, concludes by placing him in a long line of English pastoralists stretching back through Constable, Shakespeare and Chaucer.
As the author of the definitive Elgar biography, Moore has an encyclopedic knowledge of the composer and his world, and he brings to bear years of thinking about this music. No matter how well you know Elgar's music, this book will let you hear it afresh, and you may be surprised at what you'll find.
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