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Elgar's Birthplace

This modest cottage in Lower Broadheath near Worcester is the birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar who is regarded by many as England's finest composer


Elgar's Birthplace

This modest cottage in Lower Broadheath near Worcester is the birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar who is regarded by many as England's finest composer


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Elgar has done some fine work.
Bill Phillips: He has indeed Larry
What a delightful place to live, let alone to be born, Bill.
Bill Phillips: His dad had a music shop in worcester
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Mar 2018, 06:25
I went there once, a charming place indeed. But Elgar was a rather insecure man, and to cover for this during his lifetime he moved up the scale into many houses

I adore some of his music
Bill Phillips: His music has some fine moments but somehow,for me, it is too restrained at times
  • Martine
  • France
  • 26 Mar 2018, 06:47
Très jolie couleur pour les murs.
Bill Phillips: It ius a charming cottage
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Mar 2018, 06:49
What a beautiful place to be born. A quick read through 'his life' made me read this sentence: "Alice with determination and a dogged faith in Edward's emerging genius, played a vital part in the development of Elgar's career".

Alice was student of his and they married, family was not happy, she married beneath would his carrier have been without her?
Bill Phillips: He was a very insecure chap I think
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Mar 2018, 06:51
Yes, it is - apart from Handel (but he is German, too). Chris might know this cottage, too - a fine photo!
Bill Phillips: Not forgetting Gustav Holst who sounds German but was actually born in Cheltenham
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Mar 2018, 06:51
He certainly spent a lot of time in that part of the country. My son, Tom, used to live next door to his former home in Malvern
Bill Phillips: He moved around quite a bit but always seems to have gravitated back to any right thinking person would
Actually it looks a tad bigger than suggested
Bill Phillips: It is quite small and when you consider The Elgars had 7 children
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Mar 2018, 08:11
Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition

From Wikipedia.
Bill Phillips: He was not able to go and study and was thus largely self taught. In this respect he absorbed many influences and it probably made him a far finer composer. I tend to find a lot of his music a bit repressed, as if he can't quite let go and express his emotions fully. But there are some sublime moments
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2018, 08:36
Modest?I'd be happy there; plenty of room for my bikes, too.I bet this is worth a fortune now. I have to say I'm not overly keen on Elgar but I enjoy more with his works performed in the audience than I do listening to recordings.
Bill Phillips: Not much room if you had a wife and 7 kids though. I am not a big Elgar fan but what features in this short series is pretty good
I am guessing he was mildly on the scale of Asperger syndrome.
Bill Phillips: I have never heard that suggested Mary. He was a product of the class system of the time which still pervades in this country and is part of the reason we are in decline
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Mar 2018, 10:47
Elgar is a great composer - I like his many piece composed to educate young people.
Bill Phillips: I think many would agree with you Louis. I have never been a big fan but there is some I like very much. I am a Haydn. Mozart and Beethoven fan mainly
It is a fine looking cottage, it looks as though there is an extension of some sort behind the front part going by that second roof.
Bill Phillips: I don't think so Brian. It is deceptively small
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Mar 2018, 14:44
What a lovely looking place.
Bill Phillips: It is rather a delight Anne
It's certainly had additions over the years!
Bill Phillips: I suspect most of what is on the left is not original
Just the place to retire to compose or write.
Bill Phillips: Or process pictures in photoshop and lightroom
  • sherri
  • Arkansas, USA
  • 26 Mar 2018, 22:30
modest ?

it must be comparable to the amount of money he made as a composer

it's beautiful !
Bill Phillips: This was where he was brought up. He owned much larger houses when he became successful
This is actually quite a small cottage
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 29 Mar 2018, 04:53
X gives it away!
Bill Phillips: Does it every time

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