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ELGAR, Sir Edward (1857-1934). Composer.
Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed. Elgar') to [Alfred] Littleton of his publishers Novello's, 3½ pages 8vo, Plas Gwyn, Hereford, 'Wednesday' [14 July 1909] Written on Alice Elgar's monogrammed writing paper, Elgar reports that he has settled his differences with [George] Sinclair and that he has had a long and interesting talk with Nikisch.
Elgar refers to the premier of his partsong Go Song of Mine at the Hereford Festival in September 1909. He and Sinclair disagreed about how the song should be arranged and how it should appear in the programme. At one point, Elgar threatened to withdraw it completely from the Festival, but here he is able to report the settlement of their differences. Sinclair was depicted in one of the Enigma Variations (Variation 11).
' ... it will be done in the original form i.e. without accompaniment and under its proper title & 'entered' as Chorus (in 6 parts) - as was the case with with Cornelius pt songs. ...'
Nikisch, the great Hungarian conductor, had taken to Elgar's music with tremendous zeal, declaring that as Brahms' First Symphony had once been hailed as Beethoven's 10th, so Elgar's First Symphony could be hailed as Brahms' Fifth.
 See J N Moore, Elgar and His Publishers, Oxford, 1987, page 725.
[No: 5026]


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