Elgar's Choral and Instrumental Music

Department of Music, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 17933

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 or 2

Pre-requisite modules N/A

Other pre-requisites N/A

Module description

Despite its latter-day popularity in this country, Elgar's music has always occupied contested ground, and arouses passionate opinion among both his sympathisers and detractors. This course will examine his major works and their context, and will trace the rapidity shifting patterns of his reception in twentieth-century Britain. The lectures that Elgar delivered during his tenure as Peyton Professor at the University of Birmingham will be one of the sources used to shed light on the composer's music and attitudes. The course will delineate both Elgar's and musical achievement and his continuing status as multifaceted cultural phenomenon in modern Britain.

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