Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Elgar's soaring string classic drops 46 places since last year, to the lowest place in the chart in its history
Composed in 1905 for an all-Elgar performance by the newly formed London Symphony Orchestra, this is a wonderful example of Elgar's characteristically descriptive string writing. It was written after the Enigma Variations, after Sea Pictures, and after the Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-3, but before his period of self-doubt following the composition of his Symphony No.2, a time of endless soul-searching about whether he was 'composed out'.
Inspiration for the piece came from a rather bracing walk along the cardigan shire coast, when he had heard a distant choir, and he had stashed it away for a possible 'Welsh Rhapsody' of some sort. In the end, the Welsh piece never came, so he borrowed the tune for this work, which features both a string quartet and a string orchestra.
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