ELGAR, Sir Edward (1857-1934). Composer.
Series of eight letters, four on cards and one dictated, to Isaiah Burnell (1872-1959), February 1914 to December 1933. A friendly series, three of the cards signed 'E.E.', one letter separated at the central fold, with two original envelopes, to an amateur or semi-professional composer, at one time music master at Bromsgrove School.
The letters are accompanied by a substantial corpus of original manuscripts by Burnell.
Burnell, who was a talented and published composer, organised a number of performances of Elgar's music, and he became a personal friend who was invited to visit Elgar on various occasions.
[6 February 1914. Severn House]
The music manuscripts of Isaiah Burnell
Suite for Brass Band, full score, 18 staves on 24 pages oblong folio, dated 4 September 1935 at the end. Each movemement titled; instructions (for copyists etc.) included.
Another version. Full Score, 18 staves on 30 pages oblong folio, paper wrappers. A 'cleaner' copy, entirly autograph, lacking the titles to the movemements, with some differencs in metronome markings etc.
'The Gay Cavalier'. Quick march, inscribed to the Rawmarsh Prize Band, 18 staves, 15 pages folio, paper wrappers.
Another copy (minus inscription), 15 pages oblong folio on pre-printed paper. Paper wrappers.
'Aria', dated 23 October 1936. Full score, unbound, pages numbered 1 to 15 (lacking '2' but apparently complete).
'Postlude', dated July 1936, 13 pages folio, brown paper wrappers.
'Solemn March', 7 pages folio, unbound.
'Benediction', inscribed 'To follow the Quartette'; 4 pages folio, disbound with another version of the same.
Overture 'Bromsgrovia': bass trumpet, Tuba and double bassoon parts only, 7½ pages folio.
'Elegy' for full orchestra. Full score, 18 pages folio, undated and unbound (some adhesive tape damage to pages). This work was performed at a concert conducted by Burnell in Bromsgrove Parish Church, which included Elgar's King Olaf and was given in the presence of the latter composer. (See Gerald Lawrence, Elgar and the missing Beau Brummell Music by Robert Kay in The Elgar Society Journal, December 2011).
Another copy, 20 pages folio, smaller format.
'Scherzo' for full orchestra. Full score, 32 pages folio.
Minuet and Trio for strings. 7 pages folio.
Gavotte (for strings), 4 pages folio.
'Concert Overture' (in G Major). Orchestral parts only, in a copyist's hand. Parts for strings, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba and timpani. Loose in folder.
'Prelude and Fuguette' in E minor, for string quartett [sic] ("The Hove"). 7 pages, dated January 1945.
Another version in piano score.
Pianoforte Trio in G. Four movements, in total 56 pages in 3 sections.
'Romance' (in D Major) for vioin and piano, 4 pages.
'Meditation' (in F Major) for organ, 2 pages.
Six short pieces (generally of 2 pages): The Bells (numbered '1'), The Legend ('2'), The Gypsy ('4'), A Little Fugue, Berceuse, and 'A Cheerie [six] Duet'.
Several works for SATB, some with organ accompaniment; many of a religious nature.
Psalm XXIII - The Lord is my Shepherd, 11 pages.
'England' (words by Mary Cowden Clarke), 7 pages.
'He that loves a rosy cheek' (inscribed 'To the Cornelly Choral Union'), 4 pages.
'Serenade, Starts of the Summer Night', 4 pages.
'I am the Resurrection and the Life', 3 pages.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, 12 pages.
'Cast thy Burden upon the Lord', 2 pages.
'I heard a voice from Heaven', 3 pages.
'Never dying fire', 3 pages.
'Irish Farmer's Serenade' (for baritone or bass and piano), 5 pages (incomplete).
Four further works in short score.
'The Sands of Dee' / choral song for mixed voices (SATB). First proot for Novellos' part-song book. Engraved on 8 separate sheets and heavily annotated and corrected, largely in red ink.
Three songs for TTBB: 'Gather ye Rosebuds', 'O Mistress Mine' and 'You are my God'.
Photocopies of 'For us Men' / a Passiontide Cantata', by IKB. Novello's Original Octavo Edition, 51 numbered pages.
Psalm XXIII, 15 numbered pages, duplicated.
Programme for the Hallowing of the War Memorial Chapel of Bromsgrove School, 9 May 1931 (probably including music by Burnell).
Programme of the annual Choral Concert of Bromsgrove Musical Club, 13 March 1933, conducted by Burnell. Comprising music by Burnell (the Overture in E Minor and the Elegy) and by Elgar (The Fourth of August, and For the Fallen) in the first half, and Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise in the second.
Provenance: the Burnell family by descent.
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