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Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

(1857-1934), Composer and conductor

Sitter in 19 portraits
Largely self-taught, Elgar came to prominence in the 1890s with high-profile commissions including the Imperial March for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee (1897). He established his reputation with his Enigma Variations, 1899, a series of musical portraits of his wife and friends. His reputation was confirmed the following year with The Dream of Gerontius. Elgar's other works include the Pomp and Circumstance marches, 1901-7, the Violin Concerto, 1910, and the Cello Concerto, 1919, compositions which have won him renewed popularity, and a vast audience, in the twenty first century. He was knighted in 1904 and appointed Master of the King's Music in 1924.

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