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  1. Listening to Elgar, Episode Two

    Written during the same calendar year as “The Language of Flowers”, but after he turned fifteen, Elgar’s “Chantant” is a piano piece composed in the basic form of a Mazurka.

    And, though “Mazurka” may suggest something Chopinesque, to my ears there is something a little more Schumannesque going on here. All I can say is that Schumann, even in his younger years, would probably have shortened this piece considerably. Clocking in at just over five minutes in length in the version
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  2. Listening to Elgar, Episode One

    I'm going to try to share my observations on Elgar's music as I make an attempt to listen to as much of it as I can in chronological order, starting with his earliest known composition....

    In the TV adaptation of P G Wodehouse’s story “Jeeves and the Song of Songs”, Bertie Wooster’s friend Tuppy thinks he’s fallen in love with Cora Bellinger, a noted soprano. We are first given a glimpse of the somewhat unprepossessing La Bellinger as she sings to piano accompaniment in
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