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Edward Elgar

1857-1934 Born in Broadheath, England, in 1857, Edward Elgar was the leading English composer of his generation. His father had a music shop in nearby Worcester where he studied music available in the shop and taught himself to play a wide variety of instruments. He was largely self-taught as a composer. Throughout the 1880s and the 1890s his style matured as he composed for local musical organizations. Slowly, through his early works, his reputation spread beyond Worcester.