"The high quality of the essays in this tribute to a composer deserving far more attention warrants the purchase of this...book." Daniel Boice
This Companion provides an accessible, diverse and up-to-date introduction to life and music of Edward Elgar. The book will be of interest to a wide readership, including performers and members of the general public as well as students and serious scholars. Divided into three sections, the Companion explores Elgar's early career, his major musical achievements, and the reception, performance and interpretation of his work. Placed in this wider perspective, Elgar emerges as a pivotal figure in the British cultural imagination at a defining historical moment for the national musical identity.