Composer Study: Edward Elgar
Some Works to Enjoy
Nursery Suite for Orchestra - a collection of 8 short pieces with imaginative titles. Your children will love listening to this and drawing pictures of what the music brings to mind.
Salut d’amour for Violin and Piano - one of Terri’s favorites, performed here by 10-year old Sarah Chang.
Sospiri (Sighs) for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 70 - a beautiful, simple piece for cello.
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - performed by Yo Yo Ma.
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op, 61 - performed by Tasmin Little.
Enigma Variations, Op 36 - this special “Beyond the Score” performance by the Chicago Symphony includes actors, photos, and more to tell the story of Elgar’s famous piece and the characters in his life that may have inspired it! This is so entertaining and informative, you will love it.
Lux Aeterna - this is a setting of the same music for as “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations, this time for choir. Because the Latin words are a prayer for someone who has died, it is often performed in remembrance of soldiers who died in the world wars.
Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
Pomp and Circumstance, Trio from March No. 1 - here’s a rare video of Elgar himself conducting just a small part of the March!
Pomp and Circumstance - here is a fun video, full of British humor, and showing how popular Elgar’s music is in the country of England.