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Katherine shares some of the great pieces in her collection that have come out of Britain.
'I often think of Elgar as being at the heart of the British establishment but he actually came from very humble origins in Worcestershire,' says Katherine. 'He was a Catholic in a protestant country, and in a profession dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer.' The Variations were scored over two weeks in February 1899, dedicated by Elgar “...to my friends pictured within” and entitled Variations on an original theme, Op.36 – no mention of “Enigma”, though the word appears in pencil on Elgar’s autograph score. Elgar was 42, and the work finally sealed his fame.
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