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Lest we forget: music for Remembrance Day
11. Elgar: Sospiri
Originally intended as a light-hearted counterpart to Salut d'Amour, Elgar realised his poignant music, written shortly before the start of the First World War and first performed in August 1914, was worthy of a more intense title. The word he chose, Sospiri ('Sighs'), is wonderfully descriptive of the expansive violin music, accompanied by flowing harp.