The year 2017 is right around the corner, which means two things for us:
1. 2017 is going to be even greater with many a wonderful musical adventures awaiting and I’ll keep informative and enjoyable value coming your way.
2. We know that every year it’ll be someone’s birth or post-humous anniversary – legendary artists, poets, playwrights, singers.. you name it. And all of them have enormously contributed to a countless number of transformations and achievements we owe from the history that are deeply engraved in some of the most revolutionary and influencial beliefs, concepts and life-long visions in the 21st century universe.
But no one shared more musical, purely artistic gift with the world more than Edward Elgar did.
No one appealed to our peaceful mind and our naïve, vulnerable self more than he did.
No one was truly able to make us realize the splendor and the magnificence of music stronger than he was.
Having undergone two major world wars, some people learned to become tough, learned to take back their control, and learned to live an inspiring life full of freedom and responsibility. On the other hand, there were people who were astray, having nowhere to go, utterly confused and weakened, whose sense of moral were misplaced, the creed of their life ripped apart.
What I think is that this reality hasn’t changed very much after 70+ years (except without the shotgun wounds or bandages)
Look at most people around you nowadays: They say they want something but do nothing neccessary to get it. They certainly don’t know that unless they work for it with true, rock-hard commitment they’ll never seize what they want. Instead they go accuse the government and the society all day long for their own current status quo, complacently go watch mindless TV and keep parroting Justin Bieber nonsense.
Worst of all, they either don’t fight for what they want because they don’t truly want it, or they can’t find what they want at all to begin with. In other words, it’s the age of “uncertainty” where one is required to self-enlighten oneself in life to make significant contribution to the world and imprint one’s mark upon history.
It’s why we must learn about the great figures who’ve done a lot in their life, given considerable amount of value and possibly changed the world. Elgar was most certainly one of them.
In fact, I’m doing a concert focused around Elgar at the Café Montage on Saturday 21st January 2017, and I’ll be featuring Elgar’s sonata for violin and piano to explore a little more about his artistry and philosophical inputs.
Of course, Elgar had difficult times too. And he didn’t establish a superstar authority right away, not until his middle age. He had to give up the dream of becoming a virtuoso violinist early on. His works that would have been considered a masterpiece were often received unwell or turned down. Many of the offers he made was rejected and dismissed. It must have felt as though he was running against an adverse wind. But trusting himself and continuing with his passion to composition nontheless, he gradually elevated his reputation with more and more successful premiers that would generate sensational whirls around the Europe – to the point where he was conferred by the Kingdom the title “Sir” to his name.
Imagine the vigor, energy and conviction it took him to accomplish those things. I promise you, it’s far, FAR beyond discription.
Could you think of any composers who has committed to greatness as hard as Elgar did ever since his death (1934)?
I know I couldn’t.
Unfortunately dead men have no more tales to tell, it’s best to witness them in his music live – namely, join us at my concert on 21st January 2017 where we’ll depict every inch of his mastery and insights in sound. Save the date and hope to see you there!
P.S. I’ll be sharing more insights and stories on Elgar in the coming days, so keep an eye out for the next posts 🙂