Friday, 31 July 2009
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.
Today this house and surgery is now the settle branch of Natwest bank.