Composer of the month : January
Our composer of the month is Edward Elgar.
Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934) learned to play the organ and violin at a young age, and composed his first short piece at the age of 10. His main love was composition, although his music was not successful until his Enigma Variations were published in 1899. This work made him famous. Other well-known pieces are the march, Pomp and Circumstance, and his Cello Concerto.
Elgar’s Enigma Variations are a series of pieces (or ‘variations’) that describe Elgar’s friends and family. One variation, called Nimrod, is one of the most famous pieces of English music and is often played on Remembrance Sunday.
Elgar is one of Mrs Wand's favourite composers and his violin concerto inspired her to become a violinist. You can watch the whole concerto below.