Critical Editions of Edward Elgar's Recitations and Marches

  • Sarah Thompson

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The thesis comprises critical editions of Edward Elgar’s complete orchestral Marches and of his works composed as contributions to the war-effort of 1914-1918 (the three Recitations for speaker and orchestra setting words by Émile Cammaerts: Carillon; Une Voix dans le désert; Le Drapeau Belge and the song-cycle The Fringes of the Fleet to words by Rudyard Kipling). This is the first time that these works have appeared in critical editions. The editions are both practical and scholarly in their application and aim to provide an authentic musical text, based on manuscript and printed sources that have been assessed according to critical editorial principles. The thesis is presented in two volumes, one for each genre. Each volume contains an editorial Foreword, providing an account of the context, composition, premiere performance and, where appropriate, first publication of each work, together with a comprehensive account of the sources and their locations and a Critical Commentary on manuscript and printed sources, variant readings and editorial amendments. Sketches and drafts of incomplete works are presented in the appendices. The thesis is prefaced with a brief Contextual Introduction detailing editorial methods and offering comparisons with the approaches of several other modern critical editions through selected case-studies.
Date of Award25 Jun 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Bristol
SupervisorEmma C Hornby (Supervisor) & John Pickard (Supervisor)

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