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ELGAR, Sir Edward (1857-1934). Composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to [Nicholas] Kilburn, 3 pages 8vo, Forli (crossed through), Malvern, 17 November 1898. A friendly letter mentioning his own activities, or lack of them, the peace and quiet after the Leeds Festival and the dedication of his Minuet to Kilburn's son Paul.
'I have been thinking of you & yours very much during our quiet time in the cottage (we are in the yellow woods now) & today I see Paul's name on the orchl. score of the Minuet ...
'I am doing nothing absolutely in the way of music - &
don't want to - probably I shall have to begin to write again - Worcester, Norwich & Birmingham all ask me but silence "pays" almost better than sound. ...'
Nicholas Kilburn was an amateur conductor from Bishop Auckland, Durham, who became a great champion of Elgar's music and a close friend. See Letters of a Lifetime, ed. J.N. Moore, page 69 where this letter is published followed by Kilburn's reply.
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