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Elegiac air honours more than lost lives

By Kevin Jones

Abstract

In the opening weeks of the Iraq war this article highlighted the irony of remembering the ‘fallen’ using the music of Elgar’s Nimrod, named after the mythical Mesopotamian hunter. It used the context to contrast Elgar’s contacts with hawkish US statesman John Hays, chief architect of the UK’s ‘special relationship’, with the pacifist counsel of Elgar’s collaborator A.C.Benson, who wanted to tone-down his lyrics to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’

Topics: politics, history, music
Publisher: T S L Education Ltd.
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.kingston.ac.uk:6103
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