Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Gentleman composer

The first in an occasional series of extracts from The Postcard Century

April 1904: HSL tells Arthur Deakin in Gravesend: "I have been staying in E'bourne for Easter".

Elgar was by now Sir Edward: a festival of his music had just taken place at Covent Garden. Here is the epitome and examplar of the Edwardian country gentleman: no nuance is missing, right down to the pipe in kid-gloved hands.

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