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Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward William Elgar was born on 2nd June 1857 In a small cottage in the village of Lower Broardheath near Worcester England.
Sir  William Elgar Was the forth child born to Ann & William Elgar, a piano tuner & music dealer.
The cottage in which he was born is about three miles west of Worcester, Although The Elgar's moved back to the city when Edward was two, He often returned to see the place of his birth. In 1935 the house was bought by Worcester County Council & is now the Elgar Birthplace Museum.

It was at the Powick Asylum, situated between Worcester and Malvern but now demolished, that Sir Edward Elgar obtained his first paid employment as a musician. Joining the asylum band as a violinist in 1877, he took on the role of bandmaster from 1879 until 1884, a job which involved not only conducting the assembled forces but also composing pieces for the band to play at its Friday evening dances. During his time at Powick, he turned out 31 completed works, mainly in the style of the popular dances of the day - four sets of quadrilles and one of lancers (with five quadrilles or lancers to each set), five polkas and a Menuetto - and he also sketched a further set of quadrilles. The band was a somewhat ad hoc affair of varying composition, requiring Elgar to provide parts for instruments such as the bombardon, and in some cases a part for whatever instrument turned up on the day

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Sir Edward Elgar died on the 23 rd February 1934 & was buried beside his wife Alice at Little Malvern a close friend wrote at the time " Eulogies pour in on every side, Tributes to Elgar’s genius, life & character, But he has written his own biography as no other man can ever do. He is our Shakespeare of music. Born & died on the soil in the heart & soul of England with his love of his country. Its music and its meaning in his own heart & soul"

A signed manuscript of Elgar's  last major work. The working manuscript score of the "Severn Suite" was bought by the museum for 20.000.00
The composition was Elgar's  only contribution, to the brass band repertoire and was considered one of the finest pieces of music written for those instruments.
There are also letters written to his publisher friend Jaeger, which feature Elgar's cartoon drawings. The Lower Broardheath Museum Is open daily from 11.00am - 5pm. check their site for closing dates

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