Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet,

Born: Jun 02, 1857 AD
Died: 1934 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers

1857 - Born on the 2nd of June in Broadheath, Worcestershire, England.

1889-1891 - He had no formal training in composition. After working in London, he went to Malvern, Worcestershire, and began to establish a reputation as a composer.

1886 - He produced several large choral works, notably the oratorio Lux Christi before composing the popular Enigma Variations for orchestra.

1898 -The Caractacus.

1899 - This work, highly esteemed by Hans Richter, who conducted the first performance, brought Elgar recognition as a leading composer and became his most frequently performed composition.

1900 - There followed another major work, the oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, which many consider his masterpiece.

         - The Sea Pictures.

1903 - He completed only two: The Apostles and The Kingdom.

1904 - Elgar was knighted.

1905-1908 - He was the University of Birmingham's first professor of music. During World War I he wrote occasional patriotic pieces.

1929 - He returned to Worcestershire. Friendship with Bernard Shaw eventually stimulated Elgar to further composition

1934 - Died on the 23rd of February in Worcester, Worcestershire.

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