5 Piano Improvisations by Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Edited by Iain Farrington. For Piano Solo. Music Sales America. Romantic. 34 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV121242. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14010174).
ISBN 1846096049. Romantic. 9x12 inches.
On November 6th 1929, at the Small Queen's Hall, London, Edward Elgar recorded five short improvisations at the piano. He used the piano extensively when composing, and the recordings present a fascinating insight into the composer's genius, referencing his work on the never-completed piano concerto and other themes in five remarkably cohesive and memorable pieces. Although these recordings were eventually released in 1975, there has not, until now, been a printed transcription of this music available. In this edition, Iain Farrington has skilfully transcribed Elgar's playing to reconstruct the five pieces, making a significant addition to the Elgar piano repertoire.