June 2, 1857 - February 23, 1934
Late Romantic Period
Edward Elgarís father was a musician who tuned pianos, owned a music shop and was employed as a church organist. The young Edward learned to play the organ and violin at a young age, and composed his first short piece at the age of 10. His first job was as assistant organist to his father. His main love was composition, although his music was not successful until his Enigma Variations were published in 1899. This work made him famous. Other well-known pieces are the march, Pomp and Circumstance, and his Cello Concerto.
Until Elgar, there had not been a major creative composer in England since Handelís death in 1759. He became known as Englandís greatest composer and was widely recognized in his day. Unfortunately, Elgarís fame waned at the end of his life Ė he composed little music during his last fifteen years and withdrew from almost all musical contact. It was not until the 1960ís that his music again became popular.
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