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Edward Elgar the Finest Compositor of His Era

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Edward Elgar was born in 1857 in Broadheath, in the English West Midlands, a city some 3 miles from the tiny town of Worcester. His dad had a music store in Worcester and fixed pianos. The youthful Edward, consequently, had the huge benefit of developing in a methodically sensible musical environment. He learned the music obtainable in his father's store and trained himself to perform an extensive diversity of instruments. It is an extraordinary detail that Edward was very mainly self-taught as a writer, proof of the strong strength of mind behind his unique and original genius. His extended struggle to set up himself as a pre-well-known writer of worldwide reputation was tough and frequently bitter. All through the 1880s and the 1890s his knowledge grew and his method developed as he guided and wrote for regional musical associations. He also trained the violin and performed the organ at Church in Worcester at Saint George's Roman Catholic.

Gradually, and throughout such initial works as cantatas Caractacus and King Olaf and the Imperial March, and the Froissart, his repute began to increase further than the region directly around his resident Worcestershire. His primary big achievement came in 1899 with the Variations on an Enigma (Original Theme). Committed to "my friends printed within", this project that is a masterwork of orchestration and form demonstrated that Edward, by that occasion, had exceeded the other important English writers of his era, both in complete force of musical character and practical accomplishment.

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