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Edward Elgar

UniqueTracks' classical stock music recordings of Sir Edward Elgar's (1857-1934) famous Cello Concerto in E Minor and his Serenade for Strings in E Minor.


Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War, when his music had already gone out of fashion with the concert-going public. In contrast with Elgar's earlier Violin Concerto, which is lyrical and passionate, the Cello Concerto is for the most part contemplative and elegiac.

The piece was composed during the summer of 1919 at Elgar's secluded cottage "Brinkwells" near Fittleworth, Sussex, where during previous years he had heard the sound of the artillery of World War I rumbling across the Channel at night from France. In 1918, Elgar underwent an operation in London to have an infected tonsil removed, a dangerous operation for a 61-year-old man. After regaining consciousness after sedation, he asked for pencil and paper, and wrote down the melody that would become the first theme from the concerto. He and his wife soon retired to the cottage in an attempt to recover from their health problems. In 1918, Elgar composed three chamber works, which his wife noted were already noticeably different from his previous compositions, and after their premieres in the spring of 1919, he began realising his idea of a cello concerto.

The Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20, is a piece for string orchestra in three short movements. It received its first public performance in Antwerp, Belgium on 21 July 1896. It is reportedly the first of his compositions with which he professed himself satisfied. The central Larghetto is generally accepted as containing the work's finest and most mature writing. The work remains among the most frequently performed of all his music.

The UniqueTracks Stock Music Library is able to license these recordings for many different media uses.  You can configure your license right here on this website by choosing your usage type from the drop-down box when you click the "License/Buy this Track" link.

Streaming audition files include an audio 'watermark' and are mono, 16 bit, 128kbps .mp3 files.
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  • Mvt 1, Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor

  • Mvt 2, Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor

  • Mvt 3, Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor

  • Adagio-Moderato, 1st Mvt, Cello Concerto in E Minor

  • Lento-Allegro, 2nd Movement, Cello Concerto in E Minor

  • Adagio, 3rd Movement, Cello Concerto in E Minor

  • Allegro, 4th Movement, Cello Concerto in E Minor