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Edward Elgar

Composer Edward Elgar

Full Name: Edward William Elgar
Profession: Composer

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Elgar's best known works include the Elgar Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches. For many years he was a major figure in the British classical music scene, despite arousing the suspicions of the Victorian-era Protestant establishment due to his Roman Catholic heritage.

One of the first artists to use the gramophone as a recording tool, he conducted recordings of his work, and with the introduction in 1923 of the moving-coil microphone he completed recordings of most of his major orchestral works.

Born: June 2, 1857
Birthplace: Lower Broadheath, Worcester, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: February 23, 1934 (aged 76)
Cause of Death: Colorectal cancer

Events in the Life of Edward Elgar

  • 1900-10-03 Edward Elgar/Cardinal Newmans oratorium premieres in Birmingham
  • 1901-10-19 Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance March" premieres in Liverpool
  • 1904-03-18 First performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"
  • 1908-12-03 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A performed by the HallĂ© Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter, premieres in Manchester, England
  • 1919-10-26 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London

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