Edward Elgar Biography
Birthday: June 2, 1857 (Gemini)
Born In: Broadheath, England
Sir Edward William Elgar was an internationally reputed English composer best known for his orchestral works. His works have been included in both English and international concert repertoire and his mastery over various musical forms inspired a renaissance in English music. Among his popular works are the ‘Enigma Variations’ and the ‘Pomp and Circumstance Marches’, along with two symphonies and concertos for violin as well as cello. Despite being an English composer, most of his musical influences came from continental Europe instead of England. One of the reasons for this, according to him, was that he always felt as an outsider, both musically and socially. Despite his great talents, he struggled to achieve success in the initial years of his career. However by the time he was in his forties, he had gained much fame and respect. Edward Elgar also gained reputation as the first composer who gave importance to the gramophone. In view of his achievements, he was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1924, a very honorable position conferred by the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.