Edward Elgar spent the summer of 1918 in the countryside. In August he received reports of the approaching end of the First World War, and this good news so inspired him that he was able to finish an initial draft of his great Violin Sonata in barely four weeks. Writing about it in his diary, he notated laconically: “Wrote some music”. His wife Alice was more enthusiastic: “E. writing wonderful new music, different from anything else of his”. This magnificent music is now available in a Henle Urtext edition by the British violinist and Elgar expert Rupert Marshall-Luck. He has examined and evaluated the many sources according to all the rules of Urtext editing – the sketches, drafts, autograph fair copies, proofs and first edition.
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Edward Elgar’s (1857 – 1934) Sonata for Violin and Piano op. 82 belongs to the group of four works that constitute Elgar’s final completed major compositions, the others being the String Quartet op. 83, the Piano Quintet op. 84, and the Cello Concerto op. 85. All four were composed during 1918 and 1919, during which time Elgar was living at Brinkwells, a tiny cottage … more
About the composer
Most important English composer of his day. His immense oeuvre comprises numerous choral works, songs with piano and orchestral accompaniment, several stage works, orchestral music of a mostly programmatic character, a few works of chamber music in his last phase, and works for piano and organ.
|1857||Born in Broadheath (Worcester) on June 2, the son of a music dealer. First attempts at composition at ten years of age. He is largely an autodidact with rich practical experience.|
|from mid-1870||He plays in various orchestras in Worcester, including the Worcester Philharmonic Society as well as the Festival Orchestra (under the direction of A. Dvořák and others). From 1878 some of his compositions are performed (sometimes for the first time).|
|from 1882||He serves variously as conductor of the Worcester Amateur Instrumental Society and the newly founded Worcestershire Philharmonic Society (1889–1904).|
|1889||Moves to London.|
|1889–1903||Cantata, “The Black Knight,” Op. 25.|
|1890||Premiere of the overture “Froissart,” Op. 19, as his first major work.|
|1891||Moves to Malvern; activities in the countryside.|
|1896||Oratorio, “The Light of Life (Lux Christi),” Op. 29.|
|1897–99||“Sea-Pictures,” Op. 37, for contralto and orchestra.|
|after 1897||He composes works for ceremonial occasions for the English royal court.|
|1898–99||Enigma Variations, Op. 36, a musical portrayal of fourteen of his friends.|
|1899–1900||Oratorio, “The Dream of Gerontius,” Op. 38, serves as a watershed moment. He receives numerous honors, including honorary doctorates in 1900 and 1907, and in 1911 the Order of Merit.|
|1901–06||Oratorios “The Kingdom,” Op. 51, and “The Apostles,” Op. 49.|
|1904–08||Professorship at the University of Birmingham.|
|1908||Premiere of his Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 55; the pinnacle of his success, with 84 performances by 1909.|
|1909/10||Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, the first significant English concerto.|
|1911||Premiere of his Symphony No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 63, enjoys little success.|
|1912||He moves to London.|
|1913||Symphonic study, “Falstaff,” Op. 68.|
|1918||Chamber music works, including the Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 82; the String Quartet in E minor; the Piano Quintet in A minor.|
|1918–19||Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, a late magnum opus.|
|1934||Dies in Worcester on February 23.|
About the authors
De grote hoeveelheid bronnen voor dit werk leiden tot een lijvig tekstkritisch commentaar van uitgever Rupert Marshall-Luck, dat veel zegt over de ontstaansgeschiedenis van dit opus, waarbij violist William Reed ruimschoots voor de voltooing van het werk al nauw betrokken was. Henle’s partituur is voorbeeldig vormgegeven. Voor de viool is los een betekende, zowel als een niet betekende versie van de solopartij ingelegd.
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