Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Musical Statues No.1: Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother & Edward Elgar

The NEW Daily Constitutional series in which we map our London memorials in music – songs and pieces inspired by or associated with the subjects of our many London statues. 


The series begins with… 




Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother & Sir Edward Elgar



The statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother is by Philip Jackson and can be found on The Mall…



The base of the memorial features famous scenes from her public life…


 


Sir Edward Elgar held the position of Master of the King's Music to King George V. In 1930, he dedicated his Nursery Suite to the then Duchess of York (who would later become Queen Elizabeth with the abdication crisis of 1936) and her daughters Elizabeth and Margaret. 

The Nursery Suite is one of Elgar's final pieces. It comprises seven movements and a coda and was premiered not in a concert hall but in the recording studio - the recording was made under the baton of Elgar himself.

Listen to The Nursery Suite here…






Find the statue here…





Next time… FDR in Grosvenor Square




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