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The Life of Elgar

Michael Kennedy

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521810760 / ISBN 13: 9780521810760
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Title: The Life of Elgar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Book Type: Hardcover

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Hardcover. 238 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.7in. x 0.9in.This new biography of Elgar draws on letters and documents which have become available over the last twenty-five years. Michael Kennedy, a leading scholar of British music as well as a distinguished musical biographer, uses the new material (including Elgars vast personal correspondence) to analyze the composers complex personality. Elgars letters reveal his unpredictable swings of mood, from gaiety and a fondness for puns to morose self-pity and a feeling that he was not wanted. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780521810760

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Synopsis: This important biography of Elgar draws on letters and documents which became available in the preceding twenty-five years. Michael Kennedy, a leading scholar of British music and a distinguished musical biographer, uses this material, which includes Elgar's own vast correspondence, in an attempt to get to the centre of the composer's complex personality. Elgar's letters reveal his unpredictable swings of mood, from gaiety and a fondness for puns to morose self-pity and a feeling that he was 'not wanted', and although much of Elgar's music sounds confident and coherent, it also has an underlying layer of unease, melancholy and insecurity. His relationships with his wife and other women friends are a continuing thread in the life of a man who remained acutely conscious of his lower middle-class origins in spite of his meteoric rise to fame, honours in Edward VII's reign and friendship with the King.

Book Description: 'The author ? writes with a great sympathy for his subject, as well as a love for his music ? [his] wide-ranging knowledge gives this thoroughly enjoyable biography a cultural depth which enriches one's understanding of the life and work of this complicated musical genius and English gentleman.' Contemporary Review

'Michael Kennedy's elegantly written volume is full of interesting and sagacious comments on Elgar's compositions ?'. The Sunday Telegraph

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