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British Music: A History (3/3)

British music is reborn
The century was almost over when a set of variations by a 42-year-old Worcester man, best known for a series of choral works, caused a sensation. The Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar (1857-1943) were both unmistakably English in flavour and tightly bound up in the German tradition of Brahms and Wagner. Britain was back on the world stage. His oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, two symphonies and concertos enjoyed considerable esteem abroad, especially in Germany. Elgar perfectly expressed the confidence and insecurity of a great empire.

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