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No other composer expresses England and Englishness quite like Edward Elgar
Caractacus was inspired was a local legend. At the southern tip of the Malverns you'll find one of Elgar's great inspirations, British Camp. An iron age fort that, legend has it that it was once the base of the British chieftain Caractacus who fought against the Roman invasion in the first century. Elgar came here often, but it was his mother who suggested he write a piece about the story. The result was, of course, Caratacus, a work that Elgar was particularly fond of, especially the third scene which begins the 'woodland interlude' a piece clearly inspired by his beloved Malvern hills.
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