Elgar Complete Edition

Volume 21
The Sanguine Fan / Beau Brummel

In February 2012 ElgarWorks was able to announce the publication of a further volume in the Elgar Complete Edition. The main work in the new volume - Vol.21 - is The Sanguine Fan, a work first published by Music Sales in 2002. It is now republished in a fully-revised academic edition, complete with an appendix of fifteen previously-unpublished excisions which Elgar himself made from the full score, all but one during rehearsals for the premiļæ½re production.

     But, as often happens, the fascination lies in the lesser works and sketches, in this case Elgar's incidental music to Beau Brummel. The Minuet is familiar to all from the orchestral miniature which Elgar extracted from his score for performance in the concert hall; but the remainder of the music is unknown, Elgar's autograph score having long been lost. Intensive efforts to track the score down have come to nought. However, while editing of the volume was under way, a copy of Elgar's original autograph of the Minuet (the `Theatre version') came up at auction. This proved of considerable interest, differing from the Concert version not only in its orchestration (and thus revealing more of the composition of the pit orchestra for which Elgar first wrote his score) but also in its structure. Both versions are included in full in the volume, along with 11 autograph sketches now held by the British Library, most of which Elgar has annotated with the name of a character or location to help place them within the play. And then, within hours of dispatch to the printers, two further sketches labelled `Brummel' were found in a scrapbook once belonging to Elgar's niece and now held at the Elgar Birthplace.

     The volume is edited by the noted conductor David Lloyd-Jones, himself Editor-in-Chief of the Walton Complete Edition and the editor of the 2002 Music Sales edition of The Sanguine Fan. His revision of that score is in part informed by his subsequent recording of the work for Naxos and consequent re-examination of the manuscript score.

     The Volume, which comes complete with the customary apparatus of detailed source descriptions, commentaries and an introductory foreword, can be obtained through all good book stores and specialist music shops, or directly from the publisher. For details, visit the How to Purchase page. To buy or hire copies of the vocal score or parts, e-mail [email protected].

Series III : Dramatic Works

Publication History

  • Publication date : 27 February 2012
  • Publisher : ElgarWorks
  • ISBN : 978-1-904856-21-4
  • Availability : in print

Detailed Description

  • Editor : David Lloyd-Jones
  • Number of pages : xxxii + 168
  • Page size : 250mm x 350mm
  • Binding : cloth (hardback)
  • Number of illustrations : 11 (monochrome)
  • Contents :
    • Elgar's full score for The Sanguine Fan ballet
    • Elgar's full score of the Minuet from his incidental music to Beau Brummel in both the Concert and Theatre versions;
    • 14 previously unpublished passages from The Sanguine Fan full score removed by Elgar before the first performance;
    • 13 sketches for Beau Brummel, mostly for passages other than the Minuet;
    • plus Editorial Foreword, Source Description, Critical Commentary and Illustrations.

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