Elgar (Anderson): Romance for Bass Clarinet and Piano, op. 62
Code: JP2118 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0189-2
Sir Edward William Elgar (1857-1934) was one of England's
most influential composers. His father wanted him to be a
lawyer and he was sent to London to concentrate on legal
studies. After three years, convinced that he was not
suitable for a legal career, Edward returned home and
absorbed himself in musical activities. He became the
concertmaster of the local orchestra, presented violin
recitals and played bassoon in a woodwind quintet.
By 1899, Elgar achieved international fame with his
Enigma Variations. In the period between 1909-1910,
he composed the Romance in D minor, Op. 62, for
bassoon and orchestra and dedicated it to the principal
bassoonist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Edward F.
James. The first performance was given at Hereford in
1911 with the composer conducting.
For this current edition, John Anderson has adapted the
bassoon part for
bass clarinet. Although a bass clarinet with a range to
low C is preferred, if this is not available, only one
note needs to be raised an octave, making this a
wonderful, lyrical addition to the repertoire for the
bass clarinet. The accompaniment is reduced for piano.