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ELGAR: Music Makers / Sea Pictures

Composer(s)Elgar, Edward
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularVocal
Catalogue 8.557710
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Written for the striking contralto Clara Butt, who gave the work’s première in a dress said to resemble a mermaid, Sea Pictures is Elgar’s only song cycle with orchestra. These exquisite miniatures depict the sea in all its guises, peaceful and storm-tossed by turns. The heartfelt Where Corals Lie is perhaps the most remarkable three minutes in all of Elgar. Inspired by the notion that artists are the real creators and the true makers of history and society (‘We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams’), The Music Makers is a largely intimate and nostalgic work, which quotes several times from Elgar’s other compositions.

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Work/Track Title Time
ELGAR: Music Makers / Sea Pictures 1:02:34   
  The Music Makers, Op. 69          
      I. Introduction: Moderato 3:32       
      II. We are the music makers 2:08       
      III. With wonderful deathless ditties 1:51       
      IV. We, in the ages lying 4:17       
      V. A breath of our inspiration 4:29       
      VI. They had no vision amazing 3:32       
      VII. And therefore today is thrilling 4:21       
      VIII. But we, with our dreaming and singing 3:36       
      IX. For we are afar with the dawning 2:49       
      X. Great hail! We cry to the corners 8:50       
  Sea Pictures, Op. 37          
      I. Sea Slumber-Song 5:52       
      II. In Haven (Capri) 1:55       
      III. Sabbath Morning at Sea 5:50       
      IV. Where Corals Lie 3:35       
      V. The Swimmer 5:57       
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