Cockaigne Overture ('In London Town')
Edward Elgar


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2nd of Elgar's 11 entries.

Summing up Edwardian London in 15 minutes of music is no mean feat, but Elgar somehow managed to reflect the city's lively atmosphere in this colourful Overture. Cockneys, church bells, couples, and a brass band all feature in this work, which finishes with a glorious burst of orchestral glory typical of this quintessentially British composer.

Impressions of London by Anders Zorn (1890).