The Life of Elgar (Musical Lives)

  • Publish Date: 2004-04-05
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Michael Kennedy
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This new biography of Elgar draws on letters and documents which have become available over the last twenty-five years. Michael Kennedy, a leading scholar of British music as well as a distinguished musical biographer, uses the new material (including Elgar's vast personal correspondence) to analyze the composer's complex personality. Elgar's letters reveal his unpredictable swings of mood, from gaiety and a fondness for puns to morose self-pity and a feeling that he was not wanted.