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Edward Elgar was born in England in 1857. This composer belonged to the Romantic period, and died in 1934. Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is often described as the greatest English composer since Purcell. He was a late romantic, a brilliant orchestrator, and a genius for the noble and majestic melody.

He was born in Worcester, where his father ran a music shop and was organist at St George's Catholic Church. Edward soon became absorbed in the musical world of the Malvern hills, playing violin in local orchestras, teaching and conducting.  Success as a composer did not come easily or early, but he was starting to make a name for himself in 1895 with his cantatas, and in 1899 his breakthrough arrived with his Enigma variations. 

Elgar wrote several marches and other patriotic music, popular in England at the height of its empire. Words were written to fit part of Pomp and Circumstance march no 1, and it became the immensely popular anthem "Land of Hope and Glory", which is always played on the last night of the promenade concerts in the Royal Albert hall in London. Elgar was knighted in 1904.

Other major works include:  2 Symphonies, Pomp and Circumstance marches, Introduction and Allegro for String Orchestra, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto.

Works written by Elgar      
Audio is available for 40 tunes by this composer.
No.Name of WorkCategoryEnsembleSoloInstrument
1 Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85ConcertoOrchestraCello
2 Chanson de MatinShort PieceDuetViolin
3 Cockaigne Overture Op 40 "In London Town"OvertureOrchestra 
4 Enigma VariationsVariationsOrchestra 
5 Falstaff. Symphonic Study, Op 68Tone PoemOrchestra 
6 Imperial March Op 32MarchOrchestra 
7 Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op 47Short PieceOrchestra 
8 Like to the Damask RoseSongDuetChoirVoices
9 Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches, Op 39MarchOrchestra 
10 Romance Op 62 for bassoon and OrchestraConcertoOrchestraBassoon
11 Salut d'Amour Op 12Short PieceOrchestraViolin
12 Serenade for Strings, Op 20SuiteOrchestraStrings
13 Symphony No.1 in Ab Op 55SymphonyOrchestra 
14 Violin Concerto in B minor Op 61ConcertoOrchestraViolin
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