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String Quartet

Malvern Music

Edward Elgar

approx. 6 minutes

String Quartet

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Three movements arranged from Elgar's Op. 4 originally for violin and piano. The composer's original bowings for violin have been maintained, though now distributed between first and second violin.
Idylle  Dedicated to a young lady whom he met while on holiday in Scotland (a romantic idyll?) whose initials were also E.E.
Pastourelle  Has the feel of the countryside with it's undulating 6/8 rhythm.
Virelai  An early example of Elgar's fondness for enigmas! Virelai was a style of French lyrical poetry yet this piece has no text but the dedication consequently was to a Malvern friend in French.