Edward Elgar: Letters of a Lifetime (Edward Elgar: Collected Corrsepondence)

9781904856511: Edward Elgar: Letters of a Lifetime (Edward Elgar: Collected Corrsepondence)
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Jerrold Northrop Moore (editor)
Published by Elgar Works (2015)
ISBN 10: 1904856519 ISBN 13: 9781904856511
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Jane Bird
(Watford, United Kingdom)

Book Description Elgar Works, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. A fully revised edition of this much sought after book. First published by OUP in 1990 but now long out-of-print, this wide-ranging volume provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to get to know Elgar through his correspondence. A hugely entertaining volume demonstrating the diversity of Elgar's correspondents and writing styles, it contains the best of Elgar's correspondence falling outside the scope of the editor's four earlier volumes. Errors have been corrected and footnotes thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect relocation of the underlying source material since the publication of the first edition. This first volume provides a wide and varied perspective on Elgar’s relationships with family, friends, associates and acquaintances in the circles in which he moved; letters exchanged with more than a hundred men and women, and two animals. While other volumes in this edition will explore in greater depth those relationships from which the correspondence survives, this volume seeks to provide the reader with a fuller appreciation of the composer’s dexterity with words and of the personality of the man who wrote them, for his letters reflect his every mood – joy, despair, pure foolery – sometimes all together on the same page. Elgar often said that, but for accidents of circumstance, he might have been a writer; this book goes some way towards substantiating that claim. Within these pages the reader will find intimate exchanges with three generations of Elgar’s family; with the ‘friends pictured within’ the ‘Enigma’ Variations; with other composers such as Richard Strauss, Delius and Vaughan Williams; with conductors such as Adrian Boult and soloists like Fritz Kreisler; and with ‘Billy’ Reed, the musician most closely involved in Elgar’s creative process. There are exchanges, some transitory but many sustained, with writers and critics including George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Newman and Arthur Benson; there are letters to and from the establishment figures of Elgar’s world, including Arthur Balfour, courtiers and members of the Royal Household under four monarchs; and, in marked contrast, there is a letter Elgar wrote to his daughter’s pet rabbit, Pietro d'Alba and one supposedly written by his favourite spaniel Marco. Seller Inventory # 002

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