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Archive for September 25, 2013

Elgar’s Dream

Sir Edward Elgar, 1931

So much has changed since Elgar composed The Dream of Gerontius. Today, many will rush to defend him as England’s greatest composer, but in 1900 he had many detractors. A piano tuner’s son, he was painfully self-conscious of his humble origins in Victorian and Edwardian England; and then there was the sectarian problem