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.
This edition has the accompaniment reduced for piano.