Friday, 31 July 2009

Plaque to Edward Elgar English Composer - Settle, North Yorkshire

Edward Elgar Plaque Settle North yorkshire

This photograph shows a plaque commemorating the visits made by Sir Edward Elgar to stay with his friend Dr Charles Buck here in Settle, North Yorkshire.

Whilst staying in Cravendale at the home of his friend of 50 years Dr Buck Elgar wrote a piece of music for his soon to be wife Caroline Alice Roberts. Elgar called it "Liebesgruss" ('Love’s Greeting') because of Miss Roberts’ fluency in German. Elgars publisher Schott’s changed the title to "Salut d’Amour" with Liebesgruss as a sub-title, and the composer’s name as 'Ed. Elgar'. This was to become the first published work of the man who later was to become perhaps Englands favourite composer.

Elgar's music is associated with two well-known occasions in Britain's annual calendar: the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 is played at the Last Night of the Proms, while at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in London, 'Nimrod' from his Enigma Variations is performed by massed bands.

The trio of Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 is ubiquitously used in the United States for high school and university graduations, and is known as "The Graduation Song" there.

Apart from Nimrod the other work by Elgar that I really enjoy is the Elgar Concerto recorded by Jacqueline du Pré for EMI with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Barbirolli, which brought her acclaim.

Natwest Bank settle North Yorkshire

Today this house and surgery is now the settle branch of Natwest bank.


  1. As soon as I read the words Pomp and Circumstance I started humming the tune to myself. How said that people over here are too stupid to remember the actual name of the piece and call it "the graduation song" instead. Me, shaking my head and saying, "um, um, um!" - But I didn't know who wrote it and where he hung out, so now I have learned something!

  2. Thank you for your nice comment Paul! I got a few more shots of it that are posted on my personal blog, here:

    Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    Thanks for the fun history lesson :)

  3. Elgar’s Enigma Theme Unmasked

    After careful research and analysis, Robert W. Padgett discovered that the missing melody to Elgar's 110 year old "Enigma Variations" is "Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott" by the Reformation Leader Martin Luther. Known as "A Mighty Fortress is our God," this hymn satisfies all three rules set forth by the composer:

    1) It plays through and over the entire 17 bars of the "Enigma Theme."
    2) It is famous.
    3) Dora Penny was intimately familiar with this work.

    A sound file of "Ein' feste Burg" played on flute "over and through" the "Enigma Theme" may be heard at

    A sound file of "Ein' feste Burg" played on trumpet "over and through" Variation IX "Nimrod" may be heard at

    Interestingly, the biblical name "Nimrod" means "A Mighty Hunter," and amazingly the title of the missing melody is “A Mighty Fortress." The link between the two could not be more apparent. Variation IX was dedicated to August Jaeger, Elgar’s dear friend from Germany who championed his music at Novello. Martin Luther was German, and many prominent German composers quoted “Ein’ feste Burg” in their music: J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, and Raff and Wagner. Elgar venerated the music of Bach, Mendelssohn and Wagner, so it should come as no surprise that he would emulate these great masters in this way.

    For Robert W. Padgett's full report of this amazing discovery go to

  4. I'm not sure when the word famous came out, but this definitely proves it's been around for decades.


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