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Diaries from the Elgar family published
23 September 2013
Publisher Elgar Works has released the first in a series of
volumes reproducing the diaries of the Elgar family. Edward Elgar: Collected Correspondence: Provincial Musician contains diary entries from 1857 to 1896,
chronicling the lives of Elgar and his wife Alice before their wedding in 1889.
The book covers the period from Elgar’s life an instrument
teacher to the first performance of ‘King Olaf’ using letters to and from the
Elgar family, as well as contemporary sources.
The book has been edited by Martin Bird, the editor of the Elgar Society Journal. Bird’s research
catalogue comprises of 15,000 letters, reviews and articles. The next volume to
be published in the Collected Correspondence series will be An Elgarian Who’s Who, also complied by
Martin Bird, expected for release in February 2014.
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