Octavo. Full original publisher's dark red cloth with decorative blindtooling and titling gilt to spine and upper, all edges gilt. 1f. (title with printer's note to verso), 5ff. (libretto, synopsis, and table of contents), 173, [i] (publisher's device) pp. + 1f. (publisher's catalog). With an autograph inscription signed in full in black ink "to the Rev. C.H. Scott with kind regards and many pleasant memories of Lincoln Festival 1910 from Edward Elgar" to blank page facing title. Binding slightly worn and soiled; front free endpaper browned. Occasional light foxing and soiling, somewhat heavier to preliminary leaves; margins of title browned; occasional minor annotations and breath marks in pencil and blue crayon. A very nice copy overall. Together with an autograph note, dated August 5, 56 (?), from the distinguished English writer on music, Percy Young, to a Patrick O'Shaughnessy thanking him for his note. He explains that there was an Elgar Festival in Lincoln, "and I take it that Rev. Scott was one of the cathedral clergy. I will refer to the diaries in due course to find out." In blue ink on a postal card. Slightly browned and soiled. First Edition. OCLC no. 386518.Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf was first performed at the North Staffordshire Music Festival on October 30, 1896. "The work contains some of Elgar's most engaging melodies and is regarded by many as his best pre-Enigma composition, foreshadowing the great oratorios that were to follow." elgar.org.'[Elgar's] abundant invention, largeness of vision, and strength and singularity of musical character place him high among European Romantic artists and at the peak of British music of his time." Diana McVeagh in Grove Music Online.The dedicatee, Rev. Charles Harold Scott (1871-1940) was honorary conductor of the Lincoln Orchestral Society for 19 years and of the Lincoln Amateur Operatic Society for 17 years. He was active in the organization of two musical festivals at Lincoln Cathedral, with Elgar conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in his The Dream of Gerontius at one of them. "Young (1912-2004) was an exceptionally fluent and prolific writer. His books include short popular biographies and several volumes for younger readers. Many of his more substantial writings are based on a lively, fresh and industrious, if not always highly discriminating, examination of source material; these include original research on Elgar and useful surveys of the British choral tradition and British music generally. As a composer Young was equally prolific. " David Scott in Grove Music Online.We would like to thank Martin Bird, Editor of the Elgar Society Journal, for his information on the Rev. Scott. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [Op. 30]. Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf ...
Publisher: Novello and Company [PN 8247]
Publication Date: 1896
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