Edward Elgar, Serenade for Strings, Opus 20

This is day five of the A-toZ Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) during the month of April. During this month, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers.

Today’s letter is E which stands for Edward Elgar. Today’s piece is his Serenade for Strings, Opus 20. Elgar, was a British composer who lived from 1857 to 1934. A devout Catholic in Anglican Britain, he was regarded with suspicion in some quarters of Victorian. An early champion of the gramophone, he recorded a number of his works in the early 20th century.

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12 Responses to Edward Elgar, Serenade for Strings, Opus 20

  1. jkeeneshort says:

    I remember playing this during a summer music camp. Brings back so many memories.


  2. kvennarad says:

    I love this piece of music, and this ensemble played it excellently.

    Elgar is regarded as a national treasure and has been for some time, his Catholicism not mattering a damn. The English Romantics wrote wonderful music at a time when many serious composers elsewhere had moved well beyond Romanticism. But the fact remains that the English Romantics were in a class all of their own; their music was distinct, precise, and as relevant as any other concurrent artistic movement.


    • G.H.Bone says:

      It is a particularly lovely piece of music, though, as far as music for strings goes, I would contend that the same composer’s Introduction and Allegro is a genuine masterpiece http://yuslisten2.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/music-for-string-orchestra/ .

      As for Elgar’s Catholicism not mattering a damn, it’s certainly true to say that his marginal status as a Catholic is often overstated. He did, after all, become Master of the King’s Musick, receive a Knighthood and was inducted into the Order of Merit (this latter honour was a matter of especial pride to him since it is notably exclusive). He also received honorary doctorates from a number of universities. He was therefore nothing if not a cherished established figure. Despite this, he was in his early life subjected to anti-Catholic prejudice. And his faith remained very important to him, forming the basis of numerous works, notably his choral masterpiece “The Dream of Gerontius”.


  3. I love this piece. Thanks for sharing. :)


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