Elgar: Falstaff – Symphonic Study in C minor (1913)
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Shakespeare's Falstaff in music
3. Elgar: Falstaff – Symphonic Study in C minor (1913)
Elgar thought his symphonic poem - based on the Falstaff of 'Henry IV' - was his finest orchestral piece, and many Elgar fans agree, but it has not become a popular favourite. According to Elgar, Falstaff is depicted in the music as 'a goodly, portly man, of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye and a most noble carriage.'