The Enigma I Will Not Explain

Ruth Padel presents a series exploring the music of Elgar's Enigma Variations and analysing what the composition tells us about Elgar himself.

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This programme examines the female influences in Elgar's life, from the guiding spirit of his wife Alice to his friendship with Dorabella and a mystery of three asterisks.

Ruth Padel examines the female influences in Elgar's life, including his wife Alice.

1/4. This programme examines the female influences in Elgar's life, from the guiding spirit of his wife Alice to his friendship with Dorabella and a mystery of three asterisks.

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20070501 (BBC7)
20140302 (BBC7)

Ruth Padel reveals the inspiration for Elgar's stirring Nimrod variations.

Ruth Padel presents a series exploring the music of Elgar's Enigma Variations and analysing what the composition tells us about Elgar himself.

The Variations depict 13 of Elgar's friends as well as the composer himself. One friend in particular inspired the well-known Nimrod Variation, but who was the figure behind the music and what part did he play in Elgar's career?

The Variations depict 13 of Elgar's friends as well as the composer himself.

One friend in particular inspired the well-known Nimrod Variation, but who was the figure behind the music and what part did he play in Elgar's career?

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20070508 (BBC7)
20140309 (BBC7)

How important was the glorious Malvern landscape to Elgar's musical creativity?

Elgar lived most of his life among the Malvern Hills and the Variations depicted other friends living in the area. How important was the glorious landscape to his musical creativity?

Elgar lived most of his life among the Malvern Hills and the Variations depicted other friends living in the area.

How important was the glorious landscape to his musical creativity?

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20070515 (BBC7)
20140316 (BBC7)

Having depicted 13 of his friends, Elgar used the final movement for his own self-portrait

Having depicted 13 of his friends in the Variations, Elgar used the final movement for his own self-portrait. What does the music tell us about him, and how did the problems he faced while writing it prepare him for composing his first symphony?

Having depicted 13 of his friends in the Variations, Elgar used the final movement for his own self-portrait.

What does the music tell us about him, and how did the problems he faced while writing it prepare him for composing his first symphony?

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