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BACKGROUND MUSIC: Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 (complete) (29:08)

8. A Haunting Sentimental Cello Concerto

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(Elgar, 1857-1934)
Although it may not be as popular as the Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 of Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), the Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85 of Edward Elgar (1857-1934) has a more sophisticated enchanting power to human feelings. Elgar, an English composer, is loved by the English people just as much as they love their English writer Shakespeare.

In contrasting with the rather delightful Cello Concerto of Dvorak, Elgar's Cello Concerto is sentimental and even a bit melancholy. It is no wonder if one knows that Elgar composed his Cello Concerto in 1919, just one year after the closing of the first world war and it is believed to be the elegy of Elgar for the catastrophic destruction in his country during the war. The cello rather than the violin possesses the magical power in reflecting and conveying profound sentiments and Elgar's Cello Concerto has turned out to be the utmost example in demonstrating this power.

In my opinion Elgar's Cello Concerto, though sad in mood, actually has a magical healing effect to those living a mournful and wretched life. As one is listening to Elgar's Cello Concerto, most of one's sadness and distraction could gradually be driven away by the enchanting melody of the music and one may eventually be released from misery and pain.

(Written on January 5, 2009)

MUSIC LISTENING: Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 (complete) (29:08): I. Adagio - Moderato - II. Lento - Allegro molto; III. Adagio - IV. Allegro (all in one file)