Composer of the Week: Edward Elgar – The Roots of an Enigma
Elgar's early years are explored in Composer of the Week
Throughout June BBC Radio 3 is celebrating British music with special coverage of the nation’s foremost composers, works and performers in its programmes.
In Composer of the Week Donald Macleod explores the life, times and music of Edward Elgar (1857-1934), a composer often seen as quintessentially English. Much of his music evokes the idyllic Malvern hills, where he lived for much of his life.
The first episode looks at Elgar's earlier years – the isolated Catholic who felt at odds with mainstream British society who went on to compose music that symbolised his society – and traces his development towards national recognition.