Elgar: #101

About this playlist

Elgar is often referred to as being "quintessentially English" or similar platitudes, which does him a great disservice: he was a truly great composer with a unique and fascinating voice, regardless of his Englishness. You can often hear his great love of puzzles and ciphers in his music – particularly in the Enigma Variations of course – and he was eager to embrace early recording technology as it emerged, recording many of his own works later in life. Legend has it that he was still at it from his deathbed, listening in on recording sessions and giving notes to the poor engineers via telephone.

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Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation

About this playlist

Elgar is often referred to as being "quintessentially English" or similar platitudes, which does him a great disservice: he was a truly great composer with a unique and fascinating voice, regardless of his Englishness. You can often hear his great love of puzzles and ciphers in his music – particularly in the Enigma Variations of course – and he was eager to embrace early recording technology as it emerged, recording many of his own works later in life. Legend has it that he was still at it from his deathbed, listening in on recording sessions and giving notes to the poor engineers via telephone.

Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation

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