Elgar Dream Children, Op. 42

Dream Children, Op 43 is a musical work for small orchestra by Sir Edward Elgar. There are two movements: These two pieces were written in 1902, when Elgar was approaching the peak of his fame and popularity. Unusually for Elgar they were not written to any commission. Michael Kennedy suggests that they may have been retrieved from the unused material for a symphony celebrating General Gordon which Elgar had been working on since 1898. They are not complete symphonic movements (the first movement takes a little over three minutes to perform and the second a little over four minutes) but it was Elgar's practice to work in small sections and then put them together into a whole. The orchestral score and parts were originally published by Joseph Williams Ltd. (London) in 1902, then in 1911 by Schott & Co. with the title "Enfants d'un Rêve" and the translation below this "(Dream-Children)". As with his earlier piece Salut d'Amour, Elgar agreed with the same publisher that the French title would sell better. The first performance was at the Queen's Hall on 4 September 1902, conducted by Arthur W Payne. WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: Performed by Symphony NOVA on September 29, 2012 

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