Edward Elgar bronze plaque in Worcester

Sir Edward Elgar, who rose from obscurity to become England's greatest composer for 200 years, was born on 2nd June 1857 at Broadheath near Worcester.

He was organist, violinist, teacher, conductor and self-taught composer. After 1900 his compositions won International recognition, the best known being The Dream of Gerontus, The Enigma Variations, The Two Symponies, The Concertos for violin and cello, and Land of Hope and Glory. He drew his inspiration from the English countryside, saying "Music is in the air all around us".

From 1878 to 1933 he was associated with the Three Choirs Festivals held in Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester. The statue shows him at the age of 54 in the robes of a Doctor of Music which he often wore when conducting at these festivals.

Knighted 1904, Freeman of Worcester 1905, O.M. 1911, K.C.V.O. 1928, Baronet 1931, G.C.V.O. 1933, Master of the King's Musik 1924-1934.
He died in Worcester on 23rd February 1934.

This tablet was laid on the Fifthieth anniversary of the composer's death.
Sir Edward Elgar, who rose from obscurity to become England's greatest composer for 200 years, was born on 2nd June 1857 at Broadheath near Worcester.

He was organist, violinist, teacher, conductor and self-taught composer. After 1900 his compositions won International recognition, the best known being The Dream of Gerontus, The Enigma Variations, The Two Symponies, The Concertos for violin and cello, and Land of Hope and Glory. He drew his inspiration from the English countryside, saying "Music is in the air all around us".

From 1878 to 1933 he was associated with the Three Choirs Festivals held in Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester. The statue shows him at the age of 54 in the robes of a Doctor of Music which he often wore when conducting at these festivals.

Knighted 1904, Freeman of Worcester 1905, O.M. 1911, K.C.V.O. 1928, Baronet 1931, G.C.V.O. 1933, Master of the King's Musik 1924-1934.
He died in Worcester on 23rd February 1934.

This tablet was laid on the Fifthieth anniversary of the composer's death.

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition. He nevertheless married the daughter of a senior British army officer. She inspired him both musically and socially, but he struggled to achieve success until his forties, when after a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. He followed the Variations with a choral work, The Dream of Gerontius (1900), based on a Roman Catholic text that caused some disquiet in the Anglican establishment in Britain, but it became, and has remained, a core repertory work in Britain and elsewhere. His later full-length religious choral works were well received but have not entered the regular repertory. The first of his Pomp and Circumstance Marches (1901) is well known in the English-speaking world.In his fifties, Elgar composed a symphony and a violin concerto that were immensely successful. His second symphony and his cello concerto did not gain immediate public popularity and took many years to achieve a regular place in the concert repertory of British orchestras. Elgar's music came, in his later years, to be seen as appealing chiefly to British audiences. His stock remained low for a generation after his death. It began to revive significantly in the 1960s, helped by new recordings of his works. Some of his works have, in recent years, been taken up again internationally, but the music remains more played in Britain than elsewhere.Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of acoustic recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works and excerpts from The Dream of Gerontius.

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