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The Cambridge Companion to Elgar
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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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'There is much more in this indispensable tome with its extensive notes and relevant music illustrations. … each contribution is lucidly written'.

Source: Gramophone

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

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

'… splendid contributions.'

Source: Contemporary Review

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

Source: 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.'

Source: Classical Music

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