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Elgar: Enigma Variations By Julian Rushton (University of Leeds)

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This book contains historical information concerning the conception and writing of Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, an extended musical discussion requiring only a little technical knowledge of music, and a fascinating survey of the 'solutions' to the mystery implied by the title of Elgar's most famous work.

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Elgar: Enigma Variations by Julian Rushton (University of Leeds)

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 it intrigued listeners to know why it was called 'enigma', and who were the 'friends pictured within', to whom the work is dedicated. Appearing in the centenary year of the work's composition, 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.

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'Rushton has both professorial persistence and critical acumen.' The Elgar Society Journal
' ... wholly admirable.' The Musical Times

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Composition; 3. Variations: the theme; 4. Friends pictured within; 5. A form of self-portraiture; 6. The enigmas; 7. Postscript.

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Elgar: Enigma Variations by Julian Rushton (University of Leeds)
Julian Rushton (University of Leeds)
Cambridge Music Handbooks
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Cambridge University Press
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