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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Elgar, Introduction and Allegro for String Orchestra

Elgar, Introduction and Allegro for String Orchestra

(p.410) (p.411) Chapter 98 Elgar, Introduction and Allegro for String Orchestra
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

This work is written for the unusual combination of solo string quartet and full-string orchestra. It is very characteristic of the composer, full of unmistakeable Elgarian melody, especially the big tune in D major that comes in the middle of the Allegro, and, it goes without saying, brilliantly and gratefully written for the instruments. In the Introduction the composer seems to be considering his themes one by one and wondering what use he will make of them. The composer has good reasons for the truncation. One understands what Edward Elgar was doing when he dwelt so lovingly on that theme in his Introduction. These discoveries make musical analysis a fascinating subject. It is only when the composer's last note is heard that everything falls into place and the surprises become the inevitable.

Keywords:   solo string quartet, full-string orchestra, Elgarian melody, Allegro, Introduction, Edward Elgar

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