How did the son of a provincial piano tuner rise to international fame? Was the English countryside the principal inspiration for Elgar's music? Was this moustachioed, red-blooded, imperialist all that he seemed...?
J.P.E Harper-Scott is lecturer in music at Royal Holloway having taught previously at Universities of Oxford, Nottingham and Liverpool. He has scholarly interests in Elgar, Walton, Britten , Schenkerian theory, the philosophy of Heidegger, and meaning in music.
INTRODUCTION ONE: THE APPRENTICE YEARS (1857-89) TWO: NEO-ROMANTICISM IN THE PROVINCES(1890-1903) THREE: MODERNISM AND LAUREATESHIP: A DIVIDED SELF (1904-14) FOUR: THE FIRST MODERNIST MUSIC IN ENGLAND FIVE: WAR AND RETREAT (1914-18) SIX: REGROUPING AND REBIRTH (1919-34)