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The Cambridge Companion to Elgar
     

The Cambridge Companion to Elgar

by Daniel M. Grimley
 

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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

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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.

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"The high quality of the essays in this tribute to a composer deserving far more attention warrants the purchase of this...book." Daniel Boice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139817066
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/06/2005
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Music
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,005,109
File size:
7 MB

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