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Author Rushton, Julian.

Title Elgar, 'Enigma' variations / Julian Rushton
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 114 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge music handbooks
Cambridge music handbooks.
Contents Composition -- Variations: the theme -- Friends pictured within -- A form of self-portraiture -- The enigmas -- Postscript
Summary Elgar's Variations for Orchestra, commonly known as the 'Enigma' Variations, marked an epoch both in his career and in the renaissance of English music at the turn of the century. First performed in 1899 under Hans Richter, the work became his passport to national fame and international success. From the first, listeners have been intrigued by the 'enigma' of the title and the identity of the 'friends pictured within', to whom the work was dedicated. Appearing in the centenary year of the work's completion, this book elucidates what is known and what has been said about the work and the enigma, and directs future listeners to what matters most: the inspired qualities of the music
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Elgar, Edward, 1857-1934. Variations on an original theme.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 98022042
ISBN 0511611684 (e-book)
9780511611681 (e-book)